Friday, October 4, 2013

Blessing of the Animals

Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.  He is the Patron Saint of Animals.

From Pope Francis I's Facebook page, St. Francis believed all animals were stamped with God's image.  For him, every creature and earthly experience -- the sun, moon, wind, air, water, fire, earth, animal, plant -- was a window to God.

Here are my two in their 'travel' cages,  having a birdy meltdown, well, at least Pearlie was!  They associate car trips with vet visits.



Pearlie made a ruckus up until she saw the doggies, and heard the barking, then she kept quiet (briefly).

Hanging on tight!

It is a social event for some of the dogs 




Here is the priest reciting prayers



Weather is so glorious, but it is about to change and rain is in the forecast by early next week, feeling the effects of TS Karen.

This is one of my favorite prayers, by one of my favorite saints.  


Sharing with Seasonal Sundays.

xo

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France 








35 comments:

  1. How timely! I'm watching the news about this very subject. Little Pearlie is one smart cookie. You may put her in a cage, but she's not shutting up! = D

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  2. Nicely done, Barbara. Somehow though one thing you said puzzled me a bit. Did St. Francis even think snakes wear the stamp of God???? Eeeooowww!
    (Forgive me, but I am seeing garter snakes every day in my yard and I don't like it a bit!)
    Hugs, Beth

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  3. Barbara...good for you to bring your babies to the church...St. Francis is one of my favorites. For years we took whatever pets we had at the moment...dogs, birds, bunnies and turtles up to the church for the blessings. I miss that and overlook it now that my kids are long past elementary school. I don't miss the volunteering and fund raisers!

    We still have Nina, the Quaker. She has become very aggressive and mean and I know it's because my daughter stopped handling her early on. When my Senegal became mean, the owner of The Gentle Jungle said he/she needed companionship of the feathered kind. I gave her to him and he put her with a bird of the opposite sex (trial and error but definitely right on in this case) and they are living a happy life. I just don't know what to do about Nina.

    Sorry for a comment as long as your post! You brought back some sweet memories!

    Happy Weekend!

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. I love that prayer too. I never thought about traveling with a bird. I used to use the same carrier when Raider was a pup. I am so happy he is a good traveler.

    I like the quote too. I feel sad for those who have never really loved a pet.

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  5. I'm reminded of the time I had a parakeet who traveled with me on week-ends when I would leave the town where I was living to visit back home. Never any squawking, so it must have been fun.:-)

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  6. Aw so sweet! Glad you took the Birdies to be blessed!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  7. Barbara, I LOVE this post. Some years ago they were doing a blessing of the animals in our town and I thought it would be really nice to take MacDuff, but we never did. I think we were partly not sure how he would behave. :) St. Francis has always been one of my favorite saints, too, even though I'm not Catholic. Your birds are so adorable, and I'm really glad you shared this with us.

    I love, love your Halloween header; it's so festive! Have a wonderful weekend, Barbara!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  8. Our cathedral is holding a service tomorrow afternoon. I've never attended one as yet, I guess it would be fun.

    Diana

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  9. Aww, how cute and what a nice thing to have your birdies blessed under that beautiful blue sky.
    I didn't realize that birds could sense an upcoming vet visit. My dog makes the same association.

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  10. Dearest Barbara,
    Haha, I smiled with the word "a birdy meltdown". Thank you very much for very informative post, my friend♡♡♡
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  11. How sweet and I love the custom. So nice that your priest would be willing to bless all the animals.

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  12. How sweet, Barbara! I always enjoying hearing about the blessing of animals, although I have never participated. Hope your weather will not be too bad - we are due for a little visit from Karen, as well!

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  13. My friend took her rabbit to have it blessed yesterday, and I thought of all you folks with birds and pets. I love that prayer too. My mom travels with her bird from time to time. I like the quote too. I know the feeling to love a pet.xo

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  14. What a sweet event! Your birds are very cute. I love that prayer and your new header.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  15. I've always admired St. Francis for his love of animals. Thanks for sharing your experience with the Birdies!

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  16. Beautiful Barbara, We all need to recite that prayer several times a day.My heart had been blessed many times with my pets and a sense of loss at their passing. If one's pet is not family, they don't shouldn't have a pet.
    Thanks for sharing the blessing, Ginger

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  17. Each year when I pass signs at some of our downtown churches that announce the Blessing of the Animals I wish our church observed that. Instead I come home and give mine extra loving. I think I must actually go just to watch someday. It must be very special.

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  18. I love this wonderful post about the blessing of animals. I have always wanted to attend with my dogs for I'm certain it is very moving. The photos are very pretty. Have a great week!

    Pam

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  19. That is so very sweet!!! I have never heard of a church having a blessing of the animals, nor ever seen that. How wonderful to celebrate God's creations!!! Have always loved St. Francis and St. Teresa, the 'little flower'......thanks for sharing!!!

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  20. Love this pray too is my favorite I love Saint Francis lovely post!

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  21. Barb,
    When we had our dogs, we always took them for the Blessing of the Animals!! Thanks so much for your visits and for all your kinds comments!! I am finally catching up with every thing and just about ready for the Tea on Wed. I was stressing out over the food and thinking how was I going to bake and everything with working and Joe stepped in and siad, "Just order everything and stop making yourself crazy". He was right... I have no time so we ordered everything and I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. After the Tea is over, email me and I will give you details about the Craft Fair.....

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  22. What a beautiful post you've shard, Barbara. You've honored St. Francis and shared his and your love for animals and pets. xo

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  23. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post and so informative about St. Francis, the patrion of animals...I didn't know! I adore all animals, like you do, so I'm loving St. Francis the more now and because of our new Pope Francis from SAmerica! Thank you so much for visiting me sweet lady.
    FABBY

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  24. Animals make such wonderful pets, don't they. You are blessed to have pets. Hugs, Cindy

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  25. I love the Prayer of St. Fancis song, Barabara.Beautiful post!...Christine

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  26. What lovely photos and even nicer thoughts. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  27. Thanks for stopping by Barbara. Your tip about the photos was just what I needed. Thanks. Great that you took your birdies to the blessing. My kittys get stressed too when they have to go in the car. The new little kitten is Jasmin because she is pretty as a flower! Black and white. I'll post pics soon.

    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  28. Forgot to mention your new Halloween look. I love it specially the black cat. They have a special place in my heart.

    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  29. I have always wanted to do this. I love how you packed up your birdies to be blessed. And I love your quote at the end of your post. So true.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  30. Hi Barbara! We always took our pets to be blessed when the kids were little and there was even a wonderful picture of my husband holding our enormous kitty against his suit while our minister blessed him in the parish newsletter. Our dog did view it as a social event, and once almost had a little hamster for a snack. Yikes! But I love that day at church. Our blessing takes place inside during a Sunday morning service! Linda

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  31. Our church had it too, guess who wasn't there! :)

    I don't know about the new Pope. I hope he is being misquoted on some issues! :)

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  32. How wonderful! Love the quote, animals are so important to our lives and well being.
    Thanks for sharing this glorious day.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  33. Beautiful my friend, animals are our relatives in this life, speciallt our furry friends, I lovethem!!! I love your Saint...one of my very fav too! Thank you for your sweet and kind visit. Have a lovely weekend.
    FABBY

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  34. I always wanted to go to the Blessing of the Animals ceremony at St, John the Divine in NYC, but never made it. I heard that the most unusual animals would be seen there!

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