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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals is one of my favorites of the entire year!  I love meeting people’s pets.  Most people do as a matter of fact.  If you haven’t already done so, make sure you invite your friends by sending this to them or even better sharing the event invitation on Grace’s Facebook page.  It’s also a great way to introduce people to Grace Episcopal.

Over the years that I’ve participated in this service, dogs, a few cats, bunnies, gerbils, horses, snakes, hawks, falcons and more have attended, not to mention their human companions.  While in general, this service is a good time, the blessing has a profound significance in our technological age.

Today, in the United States, we live by and large isolated from our natural world through the conveniences of central heating and air systems and grocery stores overflowing with food.  We only go outside for the few moments it takes us to walk from a building to our car and vice versa.

The blessing of the animals reveals our interconnection with the natural world that people often only appreciate through their pets, a beautiful ocean view, or in the wake of a natural disaster such as the flooding in South Carolina.  This brief service helps us appreciate the gift God gives us in the creation.  

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