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Blessing of the Animals 2020

Oct 5, 2020 |

Ralph and Robin Voight and their two sons hadn’t been to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church since the pandemic halted services months ago. But on Sunday, they piled into their car along with a couple of feline friends to participate in a special rite — the annual blessing of the animals.

No one could be sure what the two 15-month-old tabbies were thinking, but the Voights were thrilled to have a few moments back at their church, even if they had to stay in the car.

Rev. Beth Knowlton was awaiting them in the parking lot so she could bless the cats as part of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The event, held on Oct. 4 of each year, celebrates the life of Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment.

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