November 1, 2022 | Local News
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The monstrance-shaped reflection of the moon is seen the evening of Oct. 8, 2022. COURTESY OF GARY BERNHARD

Monstrance-shaped moonrise follows pro-life music fest as a sign of hope

BY WKC STAFF  

After the conclusion of the ninth annual Bluegrass on Lake Beshear – Pickin’ Life music fest in Dawson Springs, Ky. on Oct. 8, attendees observed something remarkable.

“We were taking down the canopies and equipment when someone noticed this unusual phenomenon,” said Dcn. Mike Marsili, a volunteer. “It looked to me like a cross-shaped monstrance with the moon as the host above it, but someone may have other interpretations.”

Pictures, taken by different people, depict the reflection of the moon shining on Lake Beshear, which many agreed looked monstrance-shaped.

Bluegrass on Lake Beshear – Pickin’ Life is a charitable organization that raises money for three life-affirming pregnancy care centers in the Madisonville, Hopkinsville, Benton and Eddyville areas. The festival’s founders, Jeff and Laura Smith, are members of Resurrection Parish in Dawson Springs, which was destroyed by the Dec. 10, 2021 tornadoes that struck western Kentucky.

In a September WKC article, Jeff Smith stated that “Our parish and community were knocked back by the tornado but we’ve stayed together, supported each other and we’re rebuilding.”

The monstrance-shaped reflection of the moon is seen the evening of Oct. 8, 2022. COURTESY OF CINDY MILLS


Originally printed in the November 2022 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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