Sea Sunday Celebrated Around the World


By. Dr. Jason Zuidema NAMMA/ICMA

Sea Sunday is the day which many Christian Churches set aside to remember and pray for seafarers and their families and give thanks for their lives and work. It is officially held on the second Sunday in July, though there is significant flexibility to accommodate other local celebrations.

This day provides a vital link between port ministries and supporting congregations. Though every Sea Sunday is important, we can remember this year seafarers, fishers, and their families who continue to suffer the effects of the pandemic.

Pope Francis in his Angelus message from his tenth-floor hospital window at Gemelli Hospital said, “Today is Sea Sunday, dedicated in a very particular way for those who work at sea. I pray for them.”

Many different ministries around the world have shared messages of hope or Sea Sunday services this year.

Sea Sunday mass from Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille, France. Homily by Stella Maris international director Fr. Bruno Ciceri
The Mission to Seafarers global Sea Sunday service
Sailors’ Society’s Sea Sunday 2021 presentation for churches
Sea Sunday service from The Mission to Seafarers, Yokohama
National Sea Sunday service – St. Peters Church Fort Colombo, Sri Lanka

Many other messages or services were broadcast on social media:

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NAMMA members receive a print copy of The MARE Report, NAMMA’s annual magazines for seafarer’s welfare professionals