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Article Published: Oct. 3, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 7, 2013
Blessing of the Animals

St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock welcomes all pet owners to its annual Blessing of the Animals event this Sunday.

Photo by Jeff Eason

St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will host its traditional Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, on the front lawn of the church.

According to organizers, this is one of the most inspirational services of the church year, and St. Mary’s welcomes all pet owners and animal lovers to bring their beloved pets or any other of God’s creatures, such as worms, birds, crickets, lizards, etc., to be blessed by Fr. Rick Lawler and Fr. Sam Tallman.

Past services have included everything from goats, horses, rodents and bacteria. However, most of the creatures blessed are much-loved dogs and cats.

According to St. Mary’s, “The patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi, who was born in 1182, inspired us to value all animals and creatures that are God’s creation. It is that inspiration that leads us today to bring together people of all faiths to participate in the Blessing of the Animals.”

In Blowing Rock, this tradition has been ongoing for many years. All animals should be under the control of their owners at all times, either on a leash or in a cage or container.

St. Mary of the Hills is located at 140 Chestnut St. in Blowing Rock. For more information, call St. Mary of the Hills at (828) 295-7323.

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