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Community gathers for blessing of fleet


Caleb Vierkant/ Wrangell Sentinel

Pastor Sue Bahleda, of Island of Faith Lutheran Church, helped represent the Wrangell Ministerial Association at last Sunday's blessing of the fleet at the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial. "Be safe, be strong, be fruitful this day and every day," she said in her blessing.

Community members, local organizations and mariners gathered together at the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial last Sunday afternoon for a blessing of the fleet. The blessing is a tradition in seaside towns around the world, praying for safety and bountiful harvests as fishing fleets begin heading out for the season.

The blessing is a longstanding tradition for Wrangell, said Jenn Miller-Yancey, with the mariners' memorial board, but recent events have become more collaborative.

"I don't know how long a tradition the blessing of the fleet has been, I know different churches took turns in the past...

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