The weather appeared as if it was heaven sent for City Island's Blessing of The Fleet. This annual event was successfully organized by members of The Power Squadron.
City Islanders joined members of the American Legion, who saluted for 77 vessels, including, sail boats, yachts and kayaks, while clergy for the local houses of worship offered their blessings. St. Mary's Star of The Sea's Father Agustus blessed the vessel Geometry as it's occupants on board were seen simultaneously making the sign of the cross. Ironically, this could be the last year this Catholic church remains open on the Island.
Lord, you numbered among your apostles the fishermen Andrew, James John and Peter. We pray for you to consecrate this righteous work and guide the captain at the helm. Prosper their voyages to make an honest living. Watch over our crew and bring them to a safe return. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon this vessel and all who come aboard, this day and forever, Amen.
The blessing of the fleet is a tradition which has spread along the eastern seaboard. It began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. The practice is predominantly Christian and a blessing from the local clergy is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.
In most ports, the event was brought by immigrants who held strongly to their religious beliefs. The events that are part of the ritual vary by community and includes Parades, Pageantry, Dancing, Feasting and Contests.
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