Next time you’re bowing your head to ask God’s blessing on that salmon you’re about to eat, remember, too, those who caught it.
But if you forget, know that Ballard First Lutheran Church, Seattle, has you covered. For 80 years the congregation has made sure fishing folks and vessels are blessed with its annual “Blessing of the Fleet” at the beginning of the fishing season.
|More than 250 people in the Seattle area gathered March 9 for the annual Blessing of the Fleet, including Malcolm Unseth (center), pastor emeritus of Ballard First Lutheran Church, which has for 80 years led the blessing. At right is Paul Mason, owner of the fishing boat Anita, which was this year blessed on behalf of the fleet.|
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