Acadian tradition celebrated

Hannah Morton
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MINUDIE - The community of Minudie celebrated the Blessing of the Crops Mass over the weekend.
"The Blessing of the Crops Mass is an Acadian custom. Acadian settlers would gather and give thanks each fall for the blessings of the harvest," said Sharon Gould, a member of the restoration committee for St. Denis Church.
"Today we also pray for all who gone before us and are buried in our cemeteries."
The mass, led by Father George Smith, was held Sunday at the St. Denis Church in Minudie.
The annual mass can be traced back to the 1700s when Acadians first settled in the area.
Following the mass, a reception was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Hall in Joggins and a concert at St. Denis Church on Sunday evening.
"It has always been a tradition in my family to come to the mass every year," said Brenda McInnis, who attended the mass with her father, Sidney Melanson.
"My family has lived here for generations on end. It's great to be part of a community that values its heritage so greatly."
The Acadians were Minudie's first European inhabitants.
With help from the Mi'kmaq they dyked the marshlands, farmed the fertile soil and fished the Bay of Fundy.
They were so successful, that Menoudie, as it was then spelled, was one of the most prosperous settlements in Acadie.
Things changed when the Acadians were forced from their homes to Fort Lawrence and later expelled in 1755 when the Expulsion began.
Acadians later returned to Minudie in 1765 after hostilities ended.

Organizations: St. Denis Church

Geographic location: MINUDIE, Joggins, Bay of Fundy Acadie

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