Blessing of the Animals set for Oct. 6 at Church of the Resurrection

Submitted photoThe Rev. Anne Wichelns blesses a beloved pet in the chapel of the Church of the Resurrection in a past celebration of St. Francis Day. This year the Episcopal church, West Fifth and Cayuga streets in Oswego, will hold two Blessing of the Animals services on Oct. 6. All animal companions, properly restrained, are welcome.

OSWEGO - The Church of the Resurrection on West Fifth Street in Oswego will observe St. Francis Day Oct. 6 with two services that include Blessings of the Animals.

The observances will celebrate all creation and especially animal companions.

“In years past, we have welcomed our little friends to church at our morning service. It was great to have them there. It’s like bringing a special part of yourself to the Sunday worship,” said the Rev. Anne Wichelns.

The priest noted, however, that the hour-long 10 a.m. service can be trying for some pets, and their owners as well. Therefore, she said, “this year we’ll add a second blessing on the lawn at 2 p.m. with a reception for all who wish to take part.”

The rain location for the more informal afternoon event will be the church’s Great Hall.

The idea for a shorter, outdoor animal blessing came about as members of the congregation observed neighbors in the Franklin Square area “who walk their dogs past our church morning and evening every day,” Wichelns explained.

Anyone with an animal companion they’d like blessed is encouraged to come to either blessing with their pet properly controlled — cats in carriers and dogs on leashes, for example.

For more information, call the church at (315) 343-3501 or see resoswego.org/events

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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