On Sunday, May 15, 2016, Chateau Chantal hosted the annual Blessing of the Blossoms, presided over by Rev. James, pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church on the Old Mission Peninsula. It was a beautiful service with a mix of Bible readings, songs, blossoms and even some cherry pie.
At the end of the service, a pruned branch with cherry blossoms was dipped into a bowl of water – a symbol of baptism and new life. The branch/water was then sprinkled symbolically to the four corners of the Peninsula, in the manner of Native American prayer in the east where the sun rises and ending in the west where life sets.
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Chateau Chantal Winemaker Mark Johnson and Owner/Chairman Bob Begin also participated in the event. Hosted by Chateau Chantal for many years, the Blessing of the Blossoms used to take place at Bowers Harbor Park in the early days of cherries on the Old Mission Peninsula.