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Blessing of the animals

Vicar McKinney was one second away from a wet kiss from Casey, whose owner Pat Johnson is at right, grimacing. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 2
Vicar Jean McKinney, dressed in black, blessed ten barking canines Sunday at Trinity - Episcopal and Presbyterian Church. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 2

Ten relatively well-behaved canines sat obediently Sunday as they were prayed over at Trinity – Episcopal and Presbyterian Church.

They only let loose during the hymn – “All Things Bright and Beautiful” – and you couldn’t blame them.

They were adding their joyful voices to the sentiment, especially Balsa, the littlest one of the bunch.

Interim vicar Jean McKinney, invoking St. Francis of Assisi, prayed for the blessings animals give their owners unconditionally.

Then each dog was blessed individually.

“May you be blessed in the Name of God, the Creator, Redeemer and of the Sustainer,” McKinney prayed.

“May you and your animals enjoy life together and find joy with the God who created you. Amen,” she prayed to the pets’ owners.

McKinney especially prayed for the animals in shelters or on the streets that do not have loving homes like the dogs positioned before her.

The poignant ceremony ended just as the leashed ones became impatient, all but Ginger, the therapy dog, who is trained to be extra good.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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