A young flower girl carries the “Wedding Ring,” which is symbolized by a flowered wreath, in the Marian procession leading to the water's edge.
To commemorate the Feast of the Assumption, the gathered faithful process with a statue of the Blessed Mother to the Firemen’s Pavilion on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Led by the Cross, the procession makes its way up the Boardwalk.
The procession arrives at Firemen’s Pavilion, drawing the attention of beach-goers and passersby.
One of Atlantic City’s Finest stands guard as the statue of the Blessed Mother is placed on the Pavilion.
Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan hops in the beach patrol vehicle that will transport him to the surf.
The flower girl hands off the wreath to Bishop Sullivan so that he can carry it out to sea.
A group of Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal explain to beach-goers the history of the event.
Bishop Sullivan is ready to make the brief voyage into the Atlantic to toss the wreath.
Two lifeguards and Bishop Sullivan tackle the surf.
Two little beach-goers greet the Bishop.
Lifelong parishioner and altar server Mike Rodriguez poses for a photo upon the Bishop’s safe return.