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St. John’s Day Wine Blessing Ceremony

December 26th, 2021 | 12–2 pm | Holy Family Cathedral

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For ages, Catholics throughout Christendom have had their wine blessed on the feast of St. John the Apostle. The tradition originates from the legend that the Beloved Disciple of Jesus once partook of a glass of poisoned wine, but was miraculously unharmed on account of the special blessing that he gave it with the Sign of the Cross. In the not-so-distant past, Catholics would bring their bottles and barrels of vino to the Church on the feast of St. John to have their wine solemnly blessed. The blessed wine would then be drunk by the family for protection against poisoning and the promise of good health. It would also be offered to guests throughout the year-as a most fitting gesture of Catholic hospitality. Join us as we revive this ancient tradition of our faith! This family-friendly celebration will start with a noon Mass at Holy Family Cathedral, followed by a social, the blessing of wine, and a reception with delectable desserts! So, grab your favorite bottle of Merlot, Cab, or Rosé, and come as we "drink the love of St. John" and toast in the New Year!  
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