September 18, 2016
On a beautiful September Sunday morning, several dogs, Perry the guinea pig, a chicken named Mozart, and the people who care for these pets, gathered on the front lawn Richmond Congregational Church, United Church of Christ for the third annual Blessing of the Animals. For those animals who could not travel, their owners brought pictures of their pets to be blessed in-absentia.
At one point during the service, the dogs broke into a howling chorus, joining the people as we sang “All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir!” At the appropriate time each animal came forward to receive a blessing, and a certificate to mark the occasion. A wonderful time was had by creatures great and small!