Those musicians who have sold their souls to the devil for musical talent won't want to come. But for the rest, if you are interested, Father Paul Johnston will again bless instruments and other artistic implements at 5 p.m. Wednesday (September 24) at Trinity Cathedral, Downtown (328 Sixth Ave.). It may sound like a joke, but it is heartfelt and was a success last year.
"Artists are such agents for healing," he says. "They give of themselves body, mind, and spirit. We want to minister directly to their needs for once."
You might remember Johnston's name from his time as an on-air host for WQED-FM, so he knows a thing or two about artists. Although Trinity is Episcopal, the Blessing of the Artists is "sensitive to the diversity in the arts community."
What qualifies? Basically anything artistic or that helps artistry: "instruments, paintbrushes, cameras, mouthpieces, reeds, drumsticks, ballet slippers, drama masks, laptop computers, chef's toques, etc." Fr Johnston says last year he blessed a clamp used by a movie crew. Now that is hard core.
No telling what holy water (aspersion) will do to old violins...