A city celebrates its wedding to the sea

A city celebrates its wedding to the sea
Riding into the surf with lifeguards and Atlantic City Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz, Bishop Dennis Sullivan throws a wreath into the Atlantic Ocean. The ceremony, which originated in European seacoast cities, symbolizes the wedding of the town and the sea. Thousands attended the Mass and festivities during the three-day celebration in Atlantic City. Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, in Wildwood, and Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish, Avalon, also held Wedding of the Sea observances. Photo by Mike Walsh

Riding into the surf with lifeguards and Atlantic City Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz, Bishop Dennis Sullivan throws a wreath into the Atlantic Ocean. The ceremony, which originated in European seacoast cities, symbolizes the wedding of the town and the sea. Thousands attended the Mass and festivities during the three-day celebration in Atlantic City. Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, in Wildwood, and Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish, Avalon, also held Wedding of the Sea observances.
Photo by Mike Walsh

After Mass, young people involved with the Summer in the City youth project help carry a statue of Mary from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall during the Wedding of the Sea ceremony on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption. Photo by James A. McBride

After Mass, young people involved with the Summer in the City youth project help carry a statue of Mary from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall during the Wedding of the Sea ceremony on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption.
Photo by James A. McBride

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