Saint Paul Episcopal Church Blesses Pets

A bird being blessed at Saint Paul Episcopal Church on Sunday. A bird being blessed at Saint Paul Episcopal Church on Sunday. | 

Updated: October 06, 2019 12:25 PM

A special emphasis was placed on ‘God’s love for all creation’ at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Sunday morning. Like a scene out of Noah’s Ark, animals sat among the congregation waiting to be blessed in honor of Saint Francis of Assissi’s 'Blessing of the Animals.'


“We love that our church lets us all come and bless the animals,” Britt Nichols, proud owner of three poodles said.

Story has it, Saint Francis was a 12th century patron Saint whose love and care for humans extended to animals.

“They are so much a part of our lives and it’s not just the pets we have, but we actually live in the forest and we see all sorts of wildlife,” Nichols said. “It gets them a little bit too excited,” he said looking down at his poodles with a smile. “But you know, it’s the forest and the fields and the animals and we’re reminded of that when we come and we really love that about this here.”

Like humans, some of the dogs, cats, birds and more were dressed in their Sunday best. Barks and meows could be heard during the service, contributing to the choir.

“They’ve behaved pretty well,” Nichols said in regard to his poodles named Sheeba, Mozart and Merry. “They’re better behaved than I am,” he went on to say with a laugh.

Animals who participated in the blessing service received a special medal.

“Sheeba’s been here before. In fact, she has a couple of medals on her necklace,” Nichols said.

The Saint Paul Episcopal Church’s 'Blessing of the Animals' has taken place the last several years. It has served as a special service for many.

“It helps remind us of how big God’s world really is and how special it is to be a part of it,” Nichols said.

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