Volume 15, Issue 75  |  September 19, 2023SubscribeAdvertise

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Blessing of Artists welcomes guests to prayer and a ceremony of thanksgiving

On Sunday, June 4, the Blessing of Artists took place at 4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Artists in addition to community members were welcomed to prayer and the thanksgiving ceremony, with clergy representing a variety of faiths delivering blessings.

Sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Council and Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, this annual prayer service brings together those in our community who keep the reputation of Laguna Beach as a “city of art.” The ceremony recognizes the talents and gifts the artists share with prayer and blessing, as they enter the summer season of art.

Blessing of the Artists Jay Grant

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Photos by Greg Sowle

Jay Grant, Networks Community Church, is at the end of the clergy line delivering blessings

Blessing of the Artists Bob Whalen at ambo

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Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen shares his message from the ambo (pulpit)

Blessing of the Artists cantor

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Cantor Lori Jackson at the microphone while artists and community members receive blessings

Blessing of the Artists Grant at ambo

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From the ambo (pulpit), Jay Grant addresses guests in the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

Blessing of the Artists Whalen on patio

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Mayor Whalen and wife Kirsten, Festival of Arts artist, chat with attendees on the church patio

Blessing of the Artists food

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A food, wine and dessert reception followed the ceremony


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