On Thursday, June 8, 2017, after serving at our soup kitchen, we gathered at Catch 21 Restaurant, one block from the kitchen, to dedicate and bless the new mural by our traveling muralist friend, Dimitri Kadiev, who had assistance from a few friends and other Skid Row artists. The theme of the mural is Sacred Water, which is scarce for our homeless friends on Skid Row. The L.A. Catholic Worker Hospitality Kitchen (aka the Hippie Kitchen) is the primary source of water for many. People are allowed to fill many containers of various sizes with water from our garden faucet and from our ice-cold water in Igloo containers during serving hours. The amount of water we serve each week is incalculable, thus very sacred.
For the blessing Jeff used a reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah, chapter 55, as the prayer: “All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain to eat; Come without paying and without cost…” And he used a small branch of leaves from a shade tree in our dining garden to dip into a pitcher of water drawn from our garden faucet to bless the mural.
In the photo on left is Catch 21 owner Kenny Choa, artist/muralist Dimitri Kadiev, Catherine Morris and Jeff Dietrich of the L.A. Catholic Worker. In photo on right is Jeff and Catherine standing in front of their mural depiction. See more photos HERE.