On Saturday I went to the annual blessing of the animals hosted by the neighborhood Episcopal church, St. Monica and St. James. We attend Midnight Mass here every year, and I guess we're pretty memorable because Fr. Williams always recognizes us.
We started with a short prayer service next to the statue of Lincoln.
Then all the pets got a sprinkling of holy water.
And each pet received an individual blessing.
Alas, there was only one cat.
That cat yours then? That looks like such a beautiful ceremony. We used to do that at my church and I loved participating in it. I took Winni once and had her blessed. Then I let her out on her harness and leash into the plot of land connected where the grass was taller than her. She loved it. She loved all the attention she got. Not happy with, of all things, bunnies (dogs, she ignored, the bunnies on the other hand terribly upsetting).
I have seen this kind of event advertised at a nearby church, and I was very curious, but admit that I assumed it was the work of one quirky church member. I had no idea it was common. Was it always so? Or is this just something for crazy Americans who, lets be honest, have odd, personifying relationships with their pets?