Sunday our church had a blessing of the animals. We took the girls and were so surprised at how well behaved they were. Boo, who usually has dog issues, was a perfect angel. Maybe, just maybe she has finally grown up. She loved it when the pastor blessed her, and tried to lick his face. He loved it too!!! I told my husband, its the only time we can go to church as a family. I hope they do it next year too. We had 9 dogs and a guinea pig. Nicely done!!
Glad Boo was a good girl
Lovely to hear ! That's great !
Bet you thought the "HE" had a bit of influence didn't you ?
Somehow they know when they must behave. Good girls.
I want to go to your church!
Good girl, Boo!
The Episcopal church (St. David's) that I used to go to before switching to the Cathedral, started an annual Blessing of the Animals service for any & all people (regardless of denomination or lack of it) with their pets but it's been held in a nearby city park rather than in the church.
Puff and I go regularly each year. Most of the other animals are dogs but there's a liberal sprinkling of cats, rabbits, lizzards, rats/hamsters/guinea pigs, birds (parrots, cockatoos, canaries, etc.), a few snakes, very few gold fish/guppies, and once a pony came.
There's always a brief ecumenical service in a large shelter house followed by the actual blessings outside performed at 5+ stations, some by 2-3 Episcopal priests and others by a Catholic priest or 2, Lutheran &/or Presbyterian pastors (from local churches in the neighborhood), &c. There are about 6-7 churches within 4-5 blocks of each other (this is Bible Belt territory!) which have long cooperated yearly in a joint Palm Sunday congregational march to a centrally located church for an outdoor "Blessing of the Palms" ceremony before our regular Sunday services. (This includes Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, & Christian denominations). That's been going on for probably over 40 years. Our yearly "Blessings of the Animals" service is an outgrowth of that cooperation and has been going on for maybe 25 years or more.
I kind of wish that once or twice we'd have an in-church attendance with our animals; I'd love to have Puff accompany me in our choir procession, recession, & in church time -- we'd both enjoy that.
However, given an 1-vs.-other absolute choice between an ecumenical, open-to-everyone service with many churches vs. only our congregation participating, I'd have to choose the present (original) format.
ETA: I just now found BotA has progressed from being an event promoted by our small group of neighborhood churches to this year being sponsored by our city!. (BTW, this date is chosen to be as close as possible to the date set commemorating St. Francis of Assisi.)
click on Topeka City Government Activities Calendar
Last edited by Bob Pr.; 09-20-2010 at 08:10 PM. Reason: correct spelling
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
What a lovely service. Good girls.
WTG Boo What a great idea your church had to have the "whole family" there.
Kim, Charlie-chocolate, born 1-12-10 & Samantha-yellow, born 2-12-10