October 4, 2016

Blessing of the Animals Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Concord, CA

Last Sunday, October 2 we once again attended the Blessing of the Animals Service in honor of St. Francis Assisi at the Good Faith Lutheran Church in Concord, California.  A wonderful ceremony, so inspirational.  This year only dogs were in physical attendance, but people also brought animal photos, leashes, collars, and toys to be blessed, and a few animals were blessed in cars in the parking lot.  One animal photo was of a 70-year old pet tortoise!  Pastor Jeremy and his assistants once again put on a fine service.

As you can see from the photos, our Husky-mix Sid and Chow-mix Lexi intently followed the service!  We also took our late dog Titus' collar to be blessed.  I did miss the parrot who was at last year's service and sang along with the hymns.  And Sid likely missed the chicken who attended last years service.  :)

Rev. Jeremy Serrano at the Blessing of the Animals Service

Lexi intently listens to the service, waiting for her blessing.  Good Girl, Lexi!

Sid intently listens to the service, waiting for his blessing.  Good Boy, Sid!

Thank you Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Pastor Jeremy Serrano
for holding this wonderful community event.

Mary Rae Fouts

10 comments:

  1. The dogs do look like they are listening!

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    1. I truly think they were. And admittedly, Sid may have been interested in the outdoor alter table, hoping there was food on the table for him!

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  2. Wish I had this service where I live in Idaho.

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    1. Ask your local churches. Perhaps one will offer a service next year, or at least an outdoor animal blessing event.

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  3. What a great ceremony for the animals.

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    1. Yes, it is very nice, and very welcoming for people of all (or no) religious beliefs. Very inclusive, uplifting, and comfortable.

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  4. Wish I could have gone with my cats, but nothing like this near me. Looks like a great ceremony.

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    1. As I mention above, ask your local churches. Perhaps one will hold this ceremony or even just an animal blessing next year. Doesn't hurt to ask!

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  5. Any fights between animals?

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    1. No, not one. No fights last year, either. Great behavior.

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Thanks for sharing your comments here! Mary Rae Fouts