Today’s “Blessing of the Animals” at 2 West Seattle churches

At Alki UCC‘s “Blessing of the Animals” service this morning, Rev. Diane Darling ministers to Joe Mitter’s canine companion, while elsewhere in the sanctuary, other prospective bless-ees awaited:

Then at noon, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church welcomed community members to an informal outdoor event, where Brother Kris Wilder from the Order of St. Francis blessed 16-year-old Pizazz:

The Order, by the way, has members from around the country, as you can see here, though Brother Wilder is from West Seattle; it’s not a cloistered order. One other photo from the St. John event, as participants milled about in the sunshine:

These events are traditional for many churches on or near the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. In addition to today’s events, Providence Mount St. Vincent welcomed residents’ and visitors’ pets for blessings on Saturday morning.

9 Replies to "Today's "Blessing of the Animals" at 2 West Seattle churches"

  • Scar October 4, 2009 (7:19 pm)

    God can’t be bothered to eradicate cancer, spare innocents from Tsunamis, or stop AIDS, but you can be sure He is looking after Fido.

  • WSEvelyn October 4, 2009 (10:04 pm)

    Scar, why not?

  • Scar October 4, 2009 (10:37 pm)

    WSEvelyn, why?

  • SLS October 4, 2009 (10:48 pm)

    Perhaps because animals, unlike some humans, aren’t full of judgement and scorn.

  • Scar October 4, 2009 (11:21 pm)

    Very logical. Animals also aren’t full of absurd superstition.

  • Leroniusmonkfish October 5, 2009 (7:26 am)

    My dog won’t drink anything but Holy Water…

  • SLS October 5, 2009 (7:50 am)

    I’m not the least bit religious. I just don’t see any harm in it. The animals don’t know that people are full of all sorts of ideas and beliefs — they probably just like the attention. I’m for anything that bestows care toward animals; even if I am not in agreement with the human religios views of their owners, I do believe in the spirit of animals/nature, which isn’t full of human bias.

  • miws October 5, 2009 (9:32 am)

    Well said, SLS.



  • arborhieghtsjoe October 5, 2009 (12:25 pm)

    “The measure of a society can be how well its people treat its animals.” ~Mohandas Gandhi

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say animals have equal rights as humans, but I believe there IS some link between compassion for animals and our treatment of each other. Blessing our animals can not be a bad thing….

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