Blessing of the Animals–Photos

On Sunday, October 3, we had a Blessing of the Animals as part of our 10:00 service. Here are some pictures:


Figaro wanting to join the procession



That's "Prada" in the cage



The full gallery is available here:

To be honest, I decided to do the Blessing at the main Sunday service on the spur of the moment. I’ve usually done it on Saturdays or on the weekday, wherever the Feast of St. Francis falls. And I was regretting my decision when I woke up at 3:00 am on Sunday morning catastrophizing all of the possible things that could go wrong–from no one bringing their pets to the prospect of total chaos breaking out.

In the end, it went very well. The pets were very well behaved as were the people who accompanied them. We had a great time. Several people remarked on how wonderful the service was, so I suppose we’ll be doing this regularly from here on out.

2 thoughts on “Blessing of the Animals–Photos

  1. Pingback: “Blessing of the pets” Friday at St. Mark in Plano | A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics

    • Of course, altar rails were introduced in the Church of England in the 17th century because dogs were entering churches. The rails were intended to prevent them from entering the sanctuary. I remember fondly the old days at Sewanee when beloved dogs visited services. A little chaos from time to time isn’t a bad thing and helps us appreciate the beauty of holiness. And for some of us, our pets have become beloved companions when human community and human relationships have disappointed.

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