Estes Park group members gathered with their beloved pets to attend the Presbyterian Community Church’s first-ever Blessing of the Animals service held this previous Sunday, Aug. 21. The service befell at 1 p.m. in an out of doors chapel. Blessings have been carried out by the church’s pastor, Rev. Chris Davis.
During the opening gathering statements, Davis make clear the aim behind the service.
“To bless means to ask God’s favors upon or to wish them well,” stated Davis. “In these modern times, since so many animals are treated as commodities and are abused and neglected, we think it’s essential that people be made aware that these creatures are an integral part of God’s creation. They are deserving of our loving stewardship. We are mutually interdependent with God’s creatures. We need them and they need us.”
After moments of prayer, hymns and spiritual classes have been carried out, people have been invited to kind a line for his or her animals to obtain blessings.
One after the opposite, canine, stuffed animals and even chickens have been introduced earlier than Davis. For these with extra skittish pets, photographs got to be blessed.
With every animal launched, Davis recited the phrases of blessing, “May you be blessed in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. May you and your partner enjoy life together and find happiness with the God who created you.”
An aged girl in attendance shared that her canine has been her major companion because the passing of her husband and that she was particularly happy to have him blessed.
Upon conclusion of the blessing, prayer and benediction have been carried out to cap off the service.
Blessing of the Animals companies are historically held by locations of worship on Oct. 4, in the course of the Feast of St.Francis, as he’s the Patron Saint of animals and ecology. Davis defined, nonetheless, that the church wished to permit seasonal residents to have their animals blessed since most is not going to be on the town for that date.