VIDEO: Blessing of the Animals

About 20 animals received individual blessings Sunday in the Blessing of the Animals service at St. Mary of the Assumption.

Creatures great and small received blessings Sunday in an annual service outside St. Mary of the Assumption church.

The pets included two mastiffs, several cats, and a dachsund.

Memo October 10, 2012 at 03:27 PM
No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated. At Franciscan churches, a friar with brown robe and white cord often welcomes each animal with a special prayer. The Blessing of Pets usually goes like this: “Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
Memo October 10, 2012 at 03:29 PM
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