A Blessing for the Fleet 2015

I am carrying on a tradition of sailors that is thousands of years old.  This is the program for Wednesday June 10th.  A bit later this year, as I only splashed three weeks ago.

Blessing of the Fleet June 10th, 2015

Opening Prayer –

Lord, thank you for calling me (us) to the sea. Your people have sailed on the waters of the earth for over six millennium for food, for transit, for the wonder of it. I (we) come to You now to invoke Your Spirit upon my (our) vessels, that they may best serve Your purposes in and for our lives.

Psalm 107: 23 – 32

Response (All)  23 Some went down to the sea in ships,

   doing business on the mighty waters;

24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,

his wondrous works in the deep.

25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,

which lifted up the waves of the sea.


26 They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;

their courage melted away in their calamity;

27 they reeled and staggered like drunkards,

and were at their wits’ end.


28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he brought them out from their distress;

29 he made the storm be still,

and the waves of the sea were hushed.


30 Then they were glad because they had quiet,

and he brought them to their desired haven.

31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wonderful works to humankind.

32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,

and praise him in the assembly of the elders.


Gospel: John 6:16 – 21

Jesus Walks on the Water

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,  got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.  When they had rowed about three or four miles,[d] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.  But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”  Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

Blessing of the Fleet Prayer

Lord, we are aware of the joys of sailing on the water and the excitement of working with the wind you give us. We promise to learn and practice the lessons you send us, and when the winds catch us off guard, to know you are there with us to keep us safe. Amen

(sprinkling of the boats with holy water)

May Your Saints Nicholas and Brendan bless this craft,

May angels dance above its deck, to ward off danger fore and aft.

From wind and wave and sunken wreck

All who sail may they protect.

And may all who cruise this might lake

treat it always with respect,

And no foolish risks ever take.

Pescadores de Hombres


Lord, You have come to the water,

neither seeking the rich nor the wise.

But, only asking

That I should follow.


Oh Lord, with your eyes set upon me,

gently smiling, my name you are calling.

All I long for I have found by the water.

At Your side, I will seek other shores.


Lord, take my hands, my possessions,

In my boat You’ll find no power or wealth.

Will you accept then, my sails and labor?



(in memory of those lost at sea, especially this past weekend in the Mills Race)

 Navy Hymn

Eternal Father strong to save, Who’s arm doth bind the restless wave

Who bids the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep.

Oh hear us when we cry to Thee For those in peril on the sea.



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