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Delightful Photos from Animal Blessings

Photo by Katie Sokoler

The 27th annual Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Sunday lived up to its reputation, according to everyone who was there.

“People were allowed to bring their pets into the church for mass,” said photographer Katie Sokoler, who took these photos. “Some kids brought stuffed animals. Then a bunch of crazy animals were walked down the aisle (the kangaroo is my favorite!)… After the mass, everyone brought their pets onto the lawn to have them blessed. I saw a whole lot of cats! My favorite is the little boy who brought his fish.”

Check them all out at The Gothamist.

See also:
Blessings Galore at St. John the Divine
Angel in Their Midst– A furry messenger at a papal ceremony
Could Grandma Come Back as a Squirrel?– Thoughts on the Buddhist concept of reincarnation
How the Faith-Based Community Can Help the Animals– by former Congressman Chris Shays