WOODBURY – Christ Episcopal Church honored those who are first responders in times of emergency with a blessing of trucks and equipment on Sunday, May 7th, commemorating the feast of St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters.
In what is now an annual event, the Rev. Brian K. Burgess blessed 20 vehicles, lined up in the parking lot behind the church on Delaware Street, next to the Gloucester County Courthouse.
Packed with uniformed emergency personnel, church members and visitors, the lot was filled, according to Father Burgess. Some 130 watched a procession into the church, which included the bagpipes of the Emerald Society, and participated in a service of Evensong.
Fire Chaplain Kevin Davis, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Paulsboro, was awarded the St. Florian Medal of Mercy at the event. A reception hosted by the church followed in Parish Hall.
The blessing, procession and Evensong service honors St. Florian, a Roman officer who was martyred around 300 AD.