Early Sunday morning, while most of the city was still asleep, Damon Gangier gathered with roughly two dozen people on the highest hill at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Fleming.
Standing before a large crucifix, wearing a banjo and a blue knit hat, Gangier reached into his pocket and pulled out a small vial of perfume. And he asked each person to smell it and pass it on.
“It doesn’t smell particularly good,” he said, laughing. “But it’s a strong odor.”
The perfume, he said, was pure nard — an oil derived from a flowering plant in the Himalayas that was used to anoint Jesus Christ before he died.