Catholic Native Ministry
The King Island community led the liturgical celebration honoring the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday November 23, 2019 at St. Anthony Parish in Anchorage. The celebration began with the blessing of the four corners of the earth by using sage for smudging, accompanied by drumming.
The members of the King Island community lit candles in memory of those who have passed, especially those of their ancestors who lived in King Island. The ceremonial Drum Cross, representing the different indigenous cultures with separate historic territories in Alaska, led the entrance procession. Inupiaq and Yup’ik songs combined with English parts of the Mass heightened the worship.
Just like other big feasts and celebrations sponsored by the Catholic Native Ministry, traditional ethnic foods were shared by everyone after the Eucharistic Celebration.
By Sister Frances Vista, DC – Director of Catholic Native Ministry