Hastings Blessing the Sea

Where: Hastings,Sussex at the Stade
When: Formerly Ascension Eve but now a Sunday in May or June
Time: Afternoon or evening


Hastings in Sussex is the home of one of the few survivors of the once widespread custom of Blessing the Sea in Rogationtide. An interdenominational service is held at the Lifeboat Station – the clergy perform the service from the deck of a Lifeboat. Sea-themed hymns are sung accompanied by the Salvation Army Band and a collection is made for the local Lifeboat crew.

Helpful Hints

Ascension Eve used to be the day for this event, but currently it has no fixed date though it usually takes place on a Wednesday or Sunday in May or June.

The 2016 date was Wednesday 15th June at 6.30pm with music from 6pm – 2017 date is yet to be announced.

Click her for the Lifeboat Station website : http://www.hastingslifeboat.org.uk/

Photo by Carlsphotography.

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