Blessing of the Fleet
The 2014 Blessing of the Fleet is made possible by the
Shipbuilders of Bayou La Batre & Coden
with all advertising provided by
The City of BaYou La Batre
The custom of the Blessing of the Fleet can be traced back to Old World European fishing communities where God was publicly acknowledged and asked for a bountiful harvest and the safety of the men at sea....
Fleet Blessing Prayer
"May God in Heaven fulfill abundantly the prayers which are pronounced over you and your boats and equipment on the occasion of the Blessing of the Fleet. God bless your going out and coming in; The Lord be with you at home and on the water. May he accompany you when you start on your many journeys: May he fill your nets abundantly as a reward for your labor; And may he bring you all safely in, when you turn your boats homeward to shore.... Amen"