Ramsgate’s First Blessing of the Sea – Mon 30th May, 3pm, at the Ramsgate Harbour Obelisk


Come along to this first ever Blessing of the Sea – with the Mayors of Ramsgate, Margate, and Broadstairs.

A wonderful opportunity to reinforce our links with the sea.

Assemble at the Obelisk in Ramsgate Harbour, next to the Victoria Pavilion, towards the sea from the bus stops. The service is expected to take about 20 minutes, and will have hymns, readings, and prayers.

Part of St Augustine Week 2016: https://www.facebook.com/events/454527804717457/




NOVENA for the Feast of St Augustine

Prepare for the Feast of St Augustine with this specially-written novena.

Consisting of prayers, psalms, and excerpts from the historical accounts of St Augustine, the novena is a nine-day spiritual preparation for the Feast of St Augustine. Each day there is a short meditation on St Augustine and his legacy, giving honour and glory to God.

What is a novena?

A novena is a series of nine prayers, usually prayed on nine successive days. They can take several forms, and are often in anticipation of a feast. In the Bible, the Apostles waited for nine days from Jesus’ Ascension until the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost “persevering with one mind in prayer” (Acts 1:14).

The prayers are in preparation for the upcoming feast, and in honour of St Augustine, giving glory to God.

The prayers will be prayed at the Shrine of St Augustine from 18th May to 26th May after each Mass (12 noon each day, plus 8.30am on Sundays), and after each Mass at the parish church of St Ethelbert on Hereson Road.

You can join the prayer, especially if you are too far away to attend these prayers in the churches, by downloading the novena here.


The Festival programme is released here! All events are FREE, except the Concert and Day Trip.

<<< 27th May – 4th June >>>

Highlights this year include:

BLESSING OF THE SEA – 30th May (Bank Holiday Monday), 3pm

FIRST EVER complete translation of the medieval Life of St Augustine – 31st May, 7pm

AUGUSTINE LECTURE, by Dr Andrew Richardson – 1st June, 7.30pm

AUGUSTINE SERMON,  by Fr Tim Finigan – 4th June, 3.30pm

And lots more!

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