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08/14/2017

Wedding of the Sea

You are cordially invited to celebrate the Wedding of the Sea.The celebration will begin at St. Ann’s Church, 2900 Atlantic Ave.at 4 pm will be a prelude of musical selections performed by the NDDLM Music Ministry and accompanying orchestra. The vigil mass celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven follows at 4:30. Immediately following mass, the procession to the ocean will begin. Once at the water’s edge, Wildwood lifeguards will take the bishop into the tide where he will bless the ocean by throwing a ring of flowers. A tradition started in Venice, Italy in the 1400’s. A gold ring would be tossed into the ocean ‘Marrying’ it to the land. This symbolic gesture shows the significance the ocean has on the land in all Shore towns. A union so very important today as it was then. All are welcome to celebrate!!

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