Standing on the Carroll Street Bridge, participants offered prayers, reflections and hymns before pouring small bottles of holy water over the blue railing.
As the final drops trickled into one of the nation’s most contaminated waterways, Father Patrick Boyle, O.F.M., pastor of Our Lady of Peace, asked God to send forth His Spirit upon the waters of the canal “to restore them to their natural beauty and wealth.”
Margaret Vollaro, a resident for 78 years, recalls a time when the canal “was nice, very beautiful.
“We had crabs running in here. But now,” her voice trailed off and she shook her head.