Blessing Of The Animals 2007

Every year I attend the Blessing of the Animals at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spokane, Washington, and (almost) every year I forget to share the pictures I take there properly with the world at large (assuming the world at large is interested). This year I have resolved not to forget, so I thus bring you said pictures in a handy flickr slide show: Blessing of the Animals 2007 Slideshow.

Or, if you’d rather just visit the picture set, you can do that here: Blessing of the Animals 2007 Set.

It seemed to me there was an unusually high percentage of dogs this year. I saw a few cats, some Betta fish and frogs, but darn few. No chickens, either. But a full house, naturally, as there are many many people who want their animals blessed. Perhaps it was a simple matter of need. And this year it was dogs in need of blessing.

Do you go to a blessing of the animals where you live? Is it primarily dogs? Any elephants? Llamas? Chimps? What’s the most unusual animal you’ve seen in a church?


Photo: Terry Bain

6 Responses to “Blessing Of The Animals 2007”

  1. G in INdiana says:

    When we were kids, my parents were pretty close pals with the local parish priest. He came over and actually blessed the grave of our recently departed lizard, Jack LaLanne (known for his awesome prowess at push ups).
    We also had a tarantula, skink. gecko, garter snake, praying mantis, wolf spider, and the required dog he blessed for us. We never attended the Blessing of the Animals since there was no way we could carry all the cages required for a full family blessing….

  2. nora and rufus says:

    Regretably, I missed the local blessing at the local ARL that was schedueled late on a week night. I find it rather sad that where it was, possibly hundreds, if not more, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized each year.I only wish that it was in a church here instead. I would take my Rufus and our other 3 dogs and 2 cats. I feel that my animals need to be blessed.

  3. Bridgett says:

    Thank you for sharing those pictures. I love watching people with their animals. That is the only time you really see people totally relaxed and happy.

  4. Jeanie says:

    What timing of this article! I attended a wedding just this past Saturday at a Catholic Church. On one of their bulletin boards was a large poster with photos of parishioners and their animals receiving blessings. I had never heard of this happening at a church, but I thought it was a great idea. All the animals in the photos were dogs except for one Maine Coon cat.

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  6. gretta mcdermott says:

    Enjoyed your pictures! I belong to a Lutheran church in Pennsylvania, and through our Church Growth Committee, I intend to campaign to hold an annual Blessing of the Animals service. Have been doing research on-line and notice that the majority of these services are held outdoors in warmer weather. Your indoor service seems to have worked quite well. To paraphrase a blessing, “May the love you have for your pet be a reminder of the love your Father has for you.”

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