Blessing of the Pets

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The Blessing of the Pets at Christ Church took place last Sunday. Last year I was told there were about 40-50 people in attendance, but this year there were at least twice that many. There were mostly dogs, of course, of every size, shape and color.

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7 Responses to Blessing of the Pets

  1. Olivier says:

    Via ton lien, cette eglise a l’air magnifique

  2. Kate says:

    I haven’t done this for a number of years now, but it’s a blast. I usually go to the Basilica in Minneapolis which is huge and which is usually filled with many different kinds of animal: parrots, gerbils, goats, lambs, dogs, cats, birds, lizards–you name it. My dog usually shakes almost uncontrollably during the brief service inside the massive church while sitting on the pew next to me–too much excitement. Haven’t had the courage to bring my parrot, Sadie, because she’s too damned mean! Your photo’s focus on the banner is wonderful.

  3. Helen says:

    Awesome! I love the idea! Nice photo!

  4. Felicia says:

    Very interesting photo! I’ve heard of pet parades but not pet blessings. May they go with God!

  5. Indyshelly says:

    Wow…I have never heard of this…interesting!

  6. krisz says:

    how interesting..its first for me

  7. mariemcc says:

    Olivier, l’eglise is ancien et historique. J’ai prise le tour de l’eglise le 4e septembre:
    https://alexandriadailyphoto.wordpress.com/2006/09/04/christ-church-tower

    Kate, this was the first time I had ever even heard of such a thing happening. They had it in the churchyard, not inside, which was nice because the weather was great. Lots and lots of dogs, very few cats (maybe three or four), and little else. It was very sweet.

    Helen, Felicia, Shelly, Kris, I Googled “pet blessing” and found out that this is happening all over the United States annually the first weekend in October. (Isn’t the internet great?) It seems somehow to be connected with St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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