Blessing of the Animals SignSeptember 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!

Katelyn blesses Leroy.
Katelyn blesses Leroy.
Margaret with Alta, her Golden Retriever
Margaret with Alta, her Golden Retriever
 Jenn with Molly the Springer Spaniel

Jenn with Molly the Springer Spaniel
Seamus with Mozart the Chicken
Seamus with Mozart the Chicken
Katelyn, Nathan and Koda
Katelyn, Nathan and Koda
Blue and Leroy play together on the church's front lawn after the Blessing of the Animals
Blue and Leroy play together on the church’s front lawn after the Blessing of the Animals
Sparkle the Dog
Sparkle the Dog
Mozart the Chicken
Mozart the Chicken