Scripture has it that Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan and on Sunday the Rev. James Hayer of St. Mary’s Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, celebrated the baptism with a blessing of the icy Susquehanna River from a landing near the Market Street Bridge. Priests from the area’s Byzantine Catholic churches joined in the tradition begun in 2004. Looking on from the shore were the Rev. Michael Prodanets of St. John the Baptist and the Rev. Gary Mensinger of St Michael and St. Nicholas churches.