Video: ‘All creatures great and small’ at St. John’s pet blessing

The small creatures were represented by guinea pigs Cupcake (right) and Zoe – who joined more than two dozen dogs (no cats in sight, so far as we could see) for West Seattle’s third “Blessing of the Animals” this weekend, this time in the West Seattle High School parking lot next to St. John the Baptist Church.

Blessing some of the dogs in that photo are St. John’s Rev. Peter DeVeau next to (in Franciscan robe) Brother Kris Wilder (the photographer at right was from the Seattle Times [WSB partner]). Rev. DeVeau asked the crowd first, “Happy about the purple tent?” (upper right) – referring to yesterday’s big Washington Huskies win. Then, after a parade, it was blessing time:

(If you’ve missed our previous coverage – the reason this is done this time of year is that tomorrow’s the Feast Day for/birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.)

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9 Replies to "Video: 'All creatures great and small' at St. John's pet blessing"

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    Jacob October 3, 2010 (2:38 pm)

    slow news day?

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    Pat October 3, 2010 (4:02 pm)

    The St. Francis blessing ceremony brings tears to my eyes every year. Thanks so much for sharing these sweet images.

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    N.A. Neighbor October 3, 2010 (5:07 pm)

    Who is that cute kid with the guinea pig?!

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    Norma Berube-Adler October 3, 2010 (5:46 pm)

    It must be a slow news day for you, Jacob, if you took the trouble to comment on an event that obviously holds no interest for you. We would have been there if not for the long commute.

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    carly October 3, 2010 (7:11 pm)

    What a wonderful event! I love to see that our little animal friends are treated as having souls too!

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    abstract October 3, 2010 (7:56 pm)

    Those guinea pigs are SO cute! Thanks for posting.

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    mitch October 3, 2010 (9:04 pm)

    Do guinea pigs go to heaven?

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    JanS October 4, 2010 (5:39 am)

    mitch…’splain heaven , please

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    Sonoma October 5, 2010 (2:26 am)

    Love the guinea pigs!

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