The Blessing of Waves

I guess this can be understood in two ways. The most amusing perhaps, follows from this story on CNA where in Southern California the Church is organizing a formal blessing of waves:

The Diocese of Orange County recently announced its third annual wave blessing ceremony, intended to invoke gratitude for the natural beauty of the coastline as well as draw awareness to the “significant threat” of pollution and  toxic waste to the area. An announcement on the diocesan website said the “Blessing of the Waves” will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier in southern California. The event – which drew more than 1,000 participants last year – will feature “an opening prayer service, pledg e to protect of our oceans and beaches, blessing of waves and attendees, acknowledgment of marine safety representatives, and  close with surfing priests and other religious leaders,” said the diocese.

As a former surfer myself, I also understand the sense in which waves feel like a blessing that comes to you. I wrote about this on the forward for Tom’s book, “Becoming a Creation Steward: A Catholic Ethic for the Environment “. The pictures show some surfing in Huntington Beach, the place of blessings…

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