|10/26/2012 8:14:00 AM|
Blessing animals blesses us
|Rev. Linda Mayer uses holy water to bless Cinder, who wasn’t sure she wanted the blessing.|
Mirror photo by Vince Lovato
|“I’ve brought her to every blessing since she was six weeks old,” said Hailey’s master, Liz Perry. “This is her second home. She comes to every outdoor service.”|
|St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church|
120 East Woodin Ave, Chelan,
Cinder was feeling a little skittish and her owner knew just what she needed.
"She has a lot of social issues and she's scared of everything," said Cinder's friend, Lacy Boosinger, of Chelan, "She just needed a blessing."
So Boosinger led Cinder, a 7-year-old black lab, to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Oct. 13 where Rev. Linda Mayer was blessing animals.
Mayer dipped her finger in a small bottle of holy water, then prayed a blessing while she tried to make the sign of the cross on Cinder's forehead. At first, Cinder wasn't sure she wanted the blessing, but after a second, she held still long enough to receive it.
Every year the church at 120 East Woodin Ave. holds a service during which anyone can bring an animal in for a blessing in honor of Saint Frances of Assisi.
"We do not bless the animals to make them holy. We bless them because they are holy and worth blessing," Mayer said with five tail-wagging dogs and their masters gathered on the patio near the garden.
"We honor St. Frances and his life and if he can be kind to animals why cant' we?" Mayer said.
She uses a prayer from St. Frances in many Eucharists, she said.
Besides Cinder, Otto, a 15-year-old border terrier, Zoi, a 7-year-old schnauzer-cocker spaniel, and Hailey a 14-year-old border collie.
"I've brought her to every blessing since she was six weeks old," said Hailey's master, Liz Perry. "This is her second home. She comes to every outdoor service."
According to a church flyer, St. Francis was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy. He became a friend to all of God's creation, humans and animals alike and thought birds were God's special creation.
He preached to everyone about humility, poverty, simplicity and prayer. He always looked for the simplest solution to every problem, believing that simplicity is one of the greatest virtues, one that helps lead to peace.
Mayer distributed suggestions to help people follow in the way of St. Francis: Find time for solitary or family prayer every day, even if it's only for a moment. Try reducing the amount of noise you make, turn down the radio, and speak quietly. Take a walk alone or with a family member to admire God's creations. Every new day has so much to offer.
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