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Blessing of the Olives

Blessing of the Olives

Father Michael Kelly, of St. Francis Solano Church, performs the annual Blessing of the Olives at Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on Saturday, 4 Jan. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

The opportunely-named Olive Jane Anderson, 2, accompanied by her grandparents, Cena Jane and Roger Hartley, received a blessed olive branch from Father Mike Kelly. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Chris Gilmore, who mills the olive oil for The Olive Press, helps Eva Manzo with a sample of Olio Nuevo. The Olive Press offered complimentary tastings of their seasonal product which ranged from mild to spicy. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Trio Nuevo Amaneer performs outside the mission shortly before the Blessing of the Olives. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Karen Lopez, with Trio Nuevo Amaneer, performed for those who attended the olive blessing. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Gary Edwards reads an appropriate passage for those gathered to celebrate the Blessing of the Olives. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

A crowd filled the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma for the Blessing of the Olives. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Gary Edwards speaks about olives to those gathered for the Blessing. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Wendy Peterson, executive director of the Sonoma Vally Visitors Bureas, helps Gary Edwards find the right passage for his reading. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Olive Jane Anderson, 2, received a specially blessed olive branch. She's accompanied by her grandparents, Roger and Cena Jane Hartley. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Karen Lopez and the Trio Nuevo Amaneer perform in the mission for those who gathered for the celebration. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly)

Blessing of the Olives

Father Mike Kelly informs the crowed that this two-year-old's name is, appropriately, Olive. She is Olive Jane Anderson and she is accompanied by her grandmother, Cena Jane Hartley. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Olive Jane Anderson, 2, watched over by her grandfather, Roger Haretley, receives a blessing from Father Mike Kelly. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Olive fans gather for the annual Blessing of the Olives. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Vicki Zancanella, of The Olive Press, hands out samples of their Olio Nuevo and explains the difference between the different varieties. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Incex-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Chris Gilmore, of The Olive Press, speaks to the crowd about the importance of olive oil in our lives. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

Olive Jane Anderson, 2, cuddles with her grandmother, Cena Jane Hartly, after shereceives a special blessing from Father Mike Kelly. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Blessing of the Olives

A bowl of olives waits patiently to be blessed at the annual Blessing of the Olives at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on Saturday, 4 Jan. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)