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Vintage Sarasota: Blessing the Train

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This week: A St. Martha's priest blessed the Ringling Bros. circus train.

June 26, 2013


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Blessing the train (1948). Before departing for its traveling show, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train would be blessed by a priest of St. Martha’s parish. Grounding itself in Sarasota for the winter, many of the circus families became associated with St. Martha’s parish, developing a close bond. Photographed is Catholic priest Father Elslander, two acolytes, and John Ringling North. — Chelsey Lucas

Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources.