Blessing of the Animals

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Accompanying their humans in the pews of Trinity Church this morning were well-behaved dogs along with other more skittish pets — cats, birds, bunnies — in pet carriers.

It was the Menlo Park church’s annual blessing of the animals service held nearest to the Feast of St. Francis, known — somewhat mythically noted the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett — for his kindness to animals and care for the environment.

Two amazing things: There was hardly a peep by any of the assembled pets, a miracle in its own right! And when they got out to the patio, the youth group had baked amazing dog biscuits!

Photo of Dennis Nugent and Maggie (looking suitably devout) by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Animals are blessed at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

Pets were invited to come with their people this morning at Trinity Church in Menlo Park.  The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated near the feast of St. Francis of Assisi  on October 4. Most of the pets in attendance were dogs, who were, all in all, well-behaved with just an occasional bark ringing […]

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It’s the animals turn to get blessed at Trinity Church

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Dozens of dogs, stuffed animals, and a few birds went to church this morning, as part of Trinity Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals. Children and their families say the outdoor service is one of the highlights of the year, and today’s beautiful, sunny morning made it all that much better. Earlier in the week, […]

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It’s take your pet to church day

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From the back of the church, a cockatoo screeched periodically while a chicken sat patiently on a side aisle. Up by the altar, a young acolyte held her hamster in a pink plastic globe. In addition to the regular contingent of two-legged human animals, many pews had four-legged visitors, mostly of the canine variety. It […]

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