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