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