|Title:||Blessing the Boats and Open-Air Concert|
|Performed by:||Lancing Brass|
|Promoted by:||Boundstone Performing Arts|
|Time:||Sunday, 2 June 2019, at 2:30pm|
|Place:||Lancing Beach Green, Lancing|
|Description:||One of Lancing’s recent and popular traditions is the open-air service of the blessing of boats. Originally an event that celebrated the historic Lancing fishing community, the service now recognises the different leisure pursuits which involve the sea and the Lancing community.
Music will be provided by Lancing Brass who will also give a concert after the service. Cream Teas will be served in St Michael’s Church Hall after the event.
The Blessing of Boats traces its origin back to Biblical days when the followers of Jesus were fishermen. The “boats” will be blessed during the service, which will consist of hymns, prayers and a scripture reading. Each boat will then be sprinkled with Holy Water and a short prayer said for the safety of its users. The service is led by Fr Felix Smith, Vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Lancing.