ATLANTIC CITY — The annual Catholic tradition of the Wedding of the Sea will take place Aug. 15.

The Diocese of Camden announced the event will begin at noon at Boardwalk Hall, with a Mass in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom. Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan will celebrate the Mass, then lead a procession to the ocean to row out into the water in a lifeboat with Mayor Don Guardian to toss a wreath into the sea as a part of the ceremony.

The tradition, which the Diocese of Camden said began about 1000 A.D. in Venice, Italy, symbolizes the city’s relationship to the sea. St. Michael’s Church in Atlantic City adopted the tradition, celebrating on the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, a Catholic day of holy obligation.

The dedication of the new convent for the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal at the former rectory at St. Michael’s is also scheduled for Aug. 15.

From 1 to 6 p.m., a festival with food vendors, a beer garden, live music and games will take place at St. Michael’s.

Free parking is available across Georgia Avenue from Ducktown Tavern. Free jitney service will be available to those who attend the Mass and park at Boardwalk Hall.

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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