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.
Many other messages or services were broadcast on social media:
- Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest – Sea Sunday prayers
- St. Christopher Church, Taipei – Sea Sunday
- Sea Sunday Service – Parish of Tonyrefail, Wales – message by Rev. David T. Morris
- Durban Sea Sunday Service
- Mission to Seafarers, Brisbane, Australia Sea Sunday service
- Stella Maris Incheon Port, Korea Sea Sunday video
- Stella Maris UK Sea Sunday appeal from Bishop Paul Mason
- Sea Sunday Message – Victoria, Vancouver Island – Dcn. Philip Yuson
- Stella Maris UK – Sea Sunday Message
- Sea Sunday Service – Mission to Seafarers, Busan
- Sea Sunday Service – Cathedral Church of Christ – Lagos
- Sunday Holy Mass – St. Antony’s Catholic Church, Forest Gate
- Mission to Seafarers Southshields Sea Sunday service
- Mission to Seafarers Philippines Sea Sunday service
- Sea Sunday – SouthRoad Full Gospel Assembly – Guyana – Sailors’ Society