Honoring and blessing our dogs
Well-behaved and attentive — for the most part — 15 dogs and their owners took part in our church’s Oct. 3 renewal of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Dog Blessing in the outdoor chapel.
After reading animal-related passages from scripture, Rev. Ruth Morrison walked along the chapel’s benches, blessing each dog individually, while offering gentle words to a wide assortment of four-legged friends. Most stood on their own while Ruth addressed the dogs, but some felt the comfort of being cradled by their owners while receiving the blessing.
Following the blessings, Katie Connelly offered each dog a biscuit — or two — while Camille Braun followed with a blessing certificate for each owner.
Before and after the blessing, owners were given the opportunity to paint smooth-faced rocks with their dog’s names to either leave in the chapel or take home as a remembrance of the event.
Our church was one of seven in Greater Portland to host an animal blessing on Oct. 3, honoring St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.
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