Today I witnessed The Blessing Of The Animals (for FREE!)
at Christ Church, on Park Avenue @ 60th Street, here in Manhattan.
Before I went in, I stopped to pet a police horse – he was waiting out front to be blessed after the service inside.
Yes, people brought their pets into the church, and they proceeded up the aisle to be personally and individually blessed by a Reverend or a Rabbi.
Of course, the largest animal representatives were dogs
followed by cats
And let us not forget our feathered friends – chickens
and a pigeon.
It was a full house!
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy sang a few carols
and this prayer was read:
Almighty and everlasting God, Creator of all things, bless and keep the animals gathered today.
Thank you for the ways in which they bring happiness and companionship to our lives.
May our relationships with them mirror your love, and our care for them be an example of your bountiful mercy.
Embolden us to care for our planet and protect the habitat of all species, that we may be joyful stewards of your creation.
The Police Department K9 Unit dogs were blessed
as were the ASPCA Shelter dogs and cats.
This woman brought her stuffed dog for a blessing.
Truth be told, I had Froggy with me (who happens to love all animals)
but I became shy and did not approach the altar with him.
Forgive me, Froggy.
It was a wonderful experience. If you ever have the opportunity to go to a Blessing Of The Animals, don’t miss it!