Since many of our churches are located in places where larger animals or movable plants cannot be accommodated, if your congregation or community wishes for larger animals or movable plants to be blessed, either hold this service in a large outdoor space where they can be accommodated such as a public park , or encourage persons to bring photographs of them to be used during the time of the blessing.
When most animals and plants and their caretakers have arrived, the leader invites all to form a large circle around the table. The leader begins:.
God has blessed and filled the earth with many kinds of inhabitants, on land, underground, in the sky, and in the waters of the earth. God has blessed us through all creation.
In grain from the field and the fruit of the vine. Such an occasion reminds humans to care for their pets as if they are more like companions than slaves.
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Also, at this time of year, many Jewish congregations schedule blessings of the animals after the High Holy Days, centering their ceremonies around the second weekly Torah portion of the Jewish Year cycle: Parashat Noach, the portion about Noah and the ark. Way back then, God promised never to destroy the earth again — and both humans and animals were understandably joyful. On this occasion, animals are blessed as creatures, reminding humans how we share that essential quality with our pets.
This October , the story of Noah will be read in synagogues around the U. They had a special blessing for animals mostly dogs that day—something that they do every year. People and pets crowded the aisles and everyone who had a companion with fur in their lives received a ribbon attachable to a collar. John the Divine on the Feast Day of St.
Francis of Assisi, but it was terrific nonetheless.
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In both the Christian ceremony performed in early October and in Jewish ceremonies later in the month, the message to those of us with animal companions is the same: take care of them as you would take care of yourself. Show gratitude; they are gifts from God. Jon M. We've even had a cat called Socks in the White House. For single householders, a pet can be a true companion.
Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature. And petting your beloved pet most likely lowers your blood pressure.
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The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love. Most High, omnipotent, good Lord, To thee be ceaseless praise out poured, And blessing without measure.
View on Mobile. This year, however, he could not bring his own pet to bless.
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