Sunday, November 03, 2013

Annual Animal Blessing


Every year on or about the feast day (October 4) of St. Francis of Assissi, the patron saint of animals, our little church holds an animal blessing. Everyone is invited to bring their pets to church for blessing. In the past there was even a snake who came to church. This year, it was limited to the usual dogs and cats and birds. As there was some logistical problem, this year the blessing was held a week earlier than usual.

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I didn't bring any of my cats this year because I was in charge of taking photos.

Those who didn't feel comfortable entering a church, or those whose pets are most likely unable to behave inside the church, we offer blessing in the park, which fortunately is just across the church.

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When we were about to go home for the day, a few more people came for the blessing and so the priest conducted the blessing at the parking lot.

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OUR WORLD TUESDAY

SIGNS, SIGNS

25 comments:

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  2. Wow, there are so many dogs! No cats, though? I would totally bring my two babies here :)

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  3. We used to take my mother's doggie Coco to get blessed at a beautiful retreat in Danville. Very sweet!

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  4. I'm sure Father blessed your kitties in absentia -- since you had such a good excuse to leave them at home this year ;>)

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  5. This is great and I love seeing all the animals. I have a St. Francis statue in my front yard that was my parents'. Birds land on it all the time but I don't think I've ever managed to get a shot of them on St. Francis.

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  6. What an intriguing idea and a great set of pets. I wonder what little Socks would think of a church?

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  7. An interesting ceremony for pets. You did a fine job of documenting the blessing in the church and across the street.

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  8. I think St Francis would be very pleased!

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  9. I'm intrigued by the word "free"... Are any blessings supposed to be paid???

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  10. The animals are adorable. Lovely photo's!

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  11. Lovely photos! And how nice to have our fur babies blessed too :) That is awesome!

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  12. Look at all those cute dogs, and what a lovely day it was, as well, for giving the blessings.

    ~Lindy

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  13. What wonderful pictures of the people and their pets. You did a fine job of being the photographer for the occasion. Our little Anglican church does the blessing of the animals and it is a special day.

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  14. This is one of the most priceless things I've ever heard of, Maria. I LOVE the pics.

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  15. I recall a local church doing this years ago - they had horses and pigs and snakes, parrots cats dogs hamsters - they only did it the once.

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  16. This is an interesting ceremony.

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  17. So lovely seeing beautiful animals!
    I miss my dog Flora so much...

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