Folkestone’s annual Blessing of the Fisheries – Sunday, 23rd June 2019

St. Peter’s Church, North Street, Folkestone is delighted to announce details of the annual Blessing of the Fisheries on Sunday 23rd June 2019. This year Bishop Roger Jupp SSC, Superior General of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, is officiating at the ceremony with event timings as follows:

2.45pm            Assemble at St. Peter’s Church

3.00pm            Procession to the Harbour

3.15pm            Blessing of the Fisheries at The Stade, Folkestone

The Simon Langton Brass Band

3.45pm            Return Procession to St Peter’s Church

4.00pm            Closing Prayers and Blessing

4.15pm            Refreshments

This June St Peter’s Church is celebrating the end of a major programme of repair to the Church building funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and the Friends of Kent Churches.

The Blessing of the Fisheries is one of Folkestone’s oldest and most colourful traditions, taking its modern form at St. Peter’s during the early 1890’s. A long procession of members of the fishing community, parishioners, schoolchildren, servers, choirs and clergy from St. Peter’s and other parishes, with the Mayor of Folkestone, Mayors of the Cinque Ports and Civic Dignitaries lead the bishop from the Church to the Stade.

Following the Blessing, all are invited to return to the Church for refreshments.

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