Photos & Video: ‘Blessing of Animals’ Ceremony

October 5, 2014

The Anglican Parish of St George hosted its first Blessing of Animals at the Unfinished Church in St. George’s today [Oct 5], with pet owners making their way to the afternoon ceremony, which saw people, dogs, horses and at least one cat in attendance.

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The service was officiated by the Rev’d W David Raths and the Rev’d John Stow and included music by Val Sherwood, singing of hymns, and all the animals were individually blessed, with the owners all given a certificate.

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The ceremony follows a tradition that exists worldwide, as in the beginning of October each year, people all over the world celebrate the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi, with animals are led to churches for a special ceremony called the “Blessing of the Animals.”

26-minute video of the ceremony and animal blessing:

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  1. Jeremy Deacon says:

    My cat has now turned from killer to saint …. er, yeah, right …. lol

    • Self says:

      LOL…I tend to agree with you!!
      My kitty will hide under chairs, behind curtains, etc and attack the feet of any poor unsuspecting soul that happens to cross his path.
      He may have benefitted greatly from this…maybe lol…

  2. Tired Mum says:

    Almost impossible to imagine not singing the theme tune to ‘Vicar of Dibley’ when looking at this. One of my favourite episodes!

  3. JohnBoy says:

    It’s nice to see the church being used

  4. somuchless says:

    Some humans near and far shoulda attended, forget the animals lol

  5. eye in the sky says:

    so that’s what all the barking was about…