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Blessing of the Waters set Sept. 18 at Cape May Harbor

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Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:31 am

CAPE MAY — The annual Blessing of the Waters ceremony has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in order to coincide with the approaching dangerous cold-weather fishing season. 

Eight years ago, the committee that had planned the first Harbor Fest initiated a new tradition to be held annually at Cape May’s Fisherman’s Memorial located at Missouri Avenue. Simply called, the “Blessing of the Waters,” this ceremony was intended first to commemorate those Cape May fishermen who had lost their lives in pursuit of their chosen vocation, and whose names are thus engraved on the tablets located at the memorial. Secondly, the ceremony offers prayers for a safe and successful fishing season. 

Conducted by local clergy, usually with the accompaniment of the Coast Guard Recruit band or bugler, the “Blessing of the Waters” is a time for solemn reflection and remembrance and closure to those families who have lost a loved one to the sea. 

In addition to a brief ecumenical reading, the ceremony will include a wreath laying and playing of Taps by a Coast Guard bugler. 

There is no cost to attend the ceremony, although donations to support the upkeep of the memorial are always welcome. Questions regarding the ceremony should be directed to the Nature Center of Cape May at (609) 898-8848. 

The Nature Center of Cape May is situated on the rim of Cape May Harbor at 1600 Delaware Ave. in Cape May. One of seven centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, the Nature Center provides family-oriented programming in the marine sciences and other nature-oriented themes. 

Programs are scheduled throughout the year; public visitation is available seven days per week, April through October. Visit our campus, shop at the nature store and view the breathtaking harbor and its environment from the Trucksess Observation tower.  

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