Animal pets of all faiths were welcomed at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville for the annual “Blessing of the Animals” on Halloween Day. Some of the dogs chose to wear a costume to doubly celebrate the season and the event.
The Rev. Lucia Lloyd conducted the ceremony and blessed each beloved pet in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is best known for his love for all animals and poor people. Although the blessing custom originated in Catholic and Anglican Churches, many religious institutions now hold the blessing ceremony. Saint Francis’ (1181-1226) search for the meaning of life drew him to the poor and sick and to animals.
The bond between a person and a pet is like no other relationship. Communication is at its most basic. Rev. Lloyd praised the unique honesty of an animal’s character as being “just completely who they are, with no agendas other than giving love.” …
Read more in the November 11 edition of the Northumberland Echo.