DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of classic car owners made a detour to Diamondhead on Wednesday for some spiritual rejuvenation at the city's third annual Blessing of the Classic Cars.
Father Paddy Mockler, of the Holy Trinity Church in Kiln, was one of seven clergymen who volunteered their time to bless the antique cars and their drivers.
He repeated the same sacrament over each vehicle: "Bless you and bless your car, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen."
Spiritually-minded classic car owners attend the event to receive a holy blessing for a variety of reasons.
"I've got a long way to go to get home and I want to make sure I get there," explained cruiser Greg White, of Atlanta, GA.
For Frank Colangelo, of Rockwood, TN, the blessing was long overdue.
"My car needs it," Colangelo said. "I've been broken down for two days, so I appreciate this blessing."
The event also holds special significance for cruisers with a serious side.
Laura Maurice of Diamondhead said blessings from above are always a good thing and can only help her 1966 Ford Mustang.
"It keeps the car running smoother, of course, and keeps her riding a little while longer," she said. "We're Christians, we're Catholic and we believe in the Lord."
"People need to pray more with everything going on today, and we appreciate them doing that," said James Hicks, of Memphis, TN. "Being a Christian, we need to stand up and thank God for what He's given us."
According to event organizers, the Blessing of the Cars has grown since it was started three years ago, with more antique cars and hot rods attending this year than ever before.