Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Florida Catholic Tradition

The best Florida bed and breakfasts have always been romantic, and St Augustine Inns fit the bill. With spring in the air, it’s time for parades, festivals, and blessings for all. And since Florida is where Catholicism came to America, why not look at a Florida Catholic tradition.

With several festivals already under our belts, it’s almost time for the traditions of: The Blessing of the Fleet. Always a local favorite, visitors tend to find it a quaint through-back to a day when wives use to pray for their fishermen husbands to return home from the sea each evening. And with the majority of eastern seaboard commercial fishing shutdown by the federal government, today most American fish served at restaurants comes from St Augustine waters.

St Augustine Florida’s Blessing of the Fleet is an eclectic mix of commercial fishing boats, private yachts, tourist sail and motor boats, bass boats, pontoons, tenders, and even dinghies. We also have a pirate ship that participates, albeit from a safe distance. God forbid it, it might sink if touched by holy water.

We are fortunate enough to have a Bishop at our diocese, Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, that performs the blessed, nautical event.

Blessings are always performed on a beautiful day, I don’t know how they do that, and the bay’s currents keep the captains on their toes, or into the docks – a perfect spectator sport for all. So come to the Inn on Charlotte and book your favorite room. Stay to see the city, and enjoy a bit of history with the Blessing of the Fleet.

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