Each October in New York city, various congregations hold “Blessing of the Animals” ceremonies. For the second year in a row, we attended. After losing three pets to illness in the past 6 years, a more spiritual approach may not result in a clean bill of health, but a few prayers certainly can’t hurt.
West End Collegiate Church at 77th Street and West End Avenue is a welcoming church for all people and faiths. Constructed in 1892, it is one of the finest examples of Dutch and Flemish architecture in Manhattan.
Yesterday, we took both Bogey and Mimi-Kitty for their annual blessings. With the exception of an exotic Sphynx, Mimi was the star of the celebration since most cats were only present in photos. Many felines do not do well in public or in transit, but Mimi enjoys the entire experience. She would have preferred to be on a leash like her canine counterparts however, so she could explore the pews.
|Mimi hanging out.|
Bogey was there for the treats, of course, and received many “oohs and aahs” for his Humphrey Bogart good looks. It was a peaceful way to begin a Sunday. The weather finally cooperated with temps in the low 60’s. Tunes from the service included, “Bless the Beasts and the Children” sung beautifully by Mina Moore to her pet hamster, and “How Much is That Doggy In the Window?”
As my dear friend Matthew would say, “Blessings on your head” was the theme of the day.
|Bogey Looking Angelic–He is One Blessed Dog.|
|Tails wag while waiting in line|