Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals is a special day at Grace Church. Normally it's held annually, right outside the church's front-door (with parish hall as a backup venue, in case of rain).
People who would like to have their pets receive blessing by our minister can bring them on leash or in a crate for an unforgettable day. Although dogs and cats are the usual attendees, we occasionally have more exotic participants - like a bearded dragon!
Most animals are very well-behaved, and we simply ask owners to make sure they remain obedient as they go for their blessing.
"But now ask the beasts,
and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens,
and let them tell you."
Job 12:7 NASB
An Order for the Blessing
"Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for all that are overworked and underfed and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat against their bars; for all that are in pain or dying; for all that must be put to death. We ask for them all your mercy and pity. Make us true friends of animals and to share in the blessing of the merciful; for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord."