Blessing of the Animals

Although the weather was not cooperative, all of God's creation who participated in the Blessing of the Animals on October 6th, were!  We started out with a cacaphony of sounds (barks, mostly) that gave us a moment of pause (or perhaps, paws), but they were soon stilled and calmed when the alpha factor was trumped by the curiousity factor.  We blessed twenty dogs, two cats, and three stuffed animals, along with blessings for a number of pets in absentia.  Pictures are found on St. Mary's Facebook page; search for St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Sparta, NJ.