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Russian Orthodox shown here are using willow branches instead, as willows are the first to bloom there. Willow branches are blessed in churches and kept at home till the next Palm Sunday.
And from my neck of the woods.
A St. Augustine tradition renews itself today when the annual Blessing of the Fleet takes place in the Matanzas Bay.
While the majority of boats in the line that will pass before the Rev. D. Terrence Morgan for a blessing are no longer shrimp boats, some are used for other commercial fishing and some are pleasure boats.