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Blessing of the animals

Today's Gothamist has pictures of the animals at St John the Divine. I went with Hazel  a few years back. It is an interfaith animal extravaganza. It goes on for hours. Lots of fun. Hazel sat politely in a pew with me. She was very interested in the smell of things like sheep and camels, which she had never smelled before.   Some dogs were not as serene-- but I did not see any fights.

Afterward, on the grounds outside they have adoption events.





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Oct. 8th, 2013 09:48 am (UTC)
Although I know it's not strictly relevant -

Eddi's Service by Rudyard Kipling.

They steamed and dripped in the chancel,
They listened and never stirred,
While, just as though they were Bishops,
Eddi preached them The World,
Oct. 8th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reminding me of this poem, it always brings tears to my eyes.
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oh I love that poem, one of my favorites of Kipling. He goes straight for the heart, doesn't he?

Oct. 8th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
He always does - he has such a wonderful mastery of voices!

I get the urge to re-read it every Christmas, and it does make me sniff a little. Hairs going up on the back of my neck ...
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Exactly that.
Oct. 8th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that link! The pictures were delightful! Do they bring animals from a local zoo?? Or do New Yorkers actually keep camels?
Oct. 8th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
I expect that the camels come from a zoo. New York apartments are notoriously tiny.

The year I went, part of the service was conducted by a bishop who brought his cat with him on a leash. It sat at his feet as he spoke.

You could go up to get your animal blessed, or you could sit where you were and just bask. Hazel and I basked. Many of those who went up were little kids. Each animal was examined and admired in turn. One little guy about 4 went up with his millipede!
Oct. 8th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
This looks really wonderful - I loved the dog who brought his toy with him! I'd like to organise a pet blessing at our church, but I don't think we would get anything that exotic! And having an adoption event afterwards is a good idea too.
Oct. 8th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
I bet you could get lots of exotic animals if you advertise the event.
Oct. 9th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
Priceless! That camel is just awesome! I think the sweetest one is the little girl having her goldfish blessed though :)
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