Tag Archives: Blessing of Animals

The Animals Bless Us First

We blessed the animals today — Stuart MacGyver, snoring as loudly as a seasoned parishioner through the sermon, but willing to be petted by anyone, guinea pigs Coffee and Caramel, many in-cellphone-absentia cats, chickens, fish, birds, and more dogs, ones … Continue reading

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A Shift in Seasons — guest post

Three voices today. First is R. Matthew Stevens of First Nations Canada with a prayer for the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. (Note that I put here the version that Pilgrim Press really wanted in the book Gifts in … Continue reading

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A new canticle

God, bless the ‘possum, who wandered into my garden with the neighbor’s rat trap on her paw. She looks tired – it isn’t her time of day, and I think she is hurting. The animal control people scoop her up, … Continue reading

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Turning off ESPN …Blessing of the Animals

I anticipate a “blessing of the animals” service in my congregation this week and think about what I have learned from God’s creatures. I watch the dog play — she chases a stick, returning it, again and again – for … Continue reading

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Heartbreak and who blesses whom in Blessing of the Animals?

Heartbreak is a primary contributor to our ability to love. When we willingly and freely open ourselves to another and receive, in return, less than love or less than what we understand as love or even purposeful pain, the breaking … Continue reading

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Liturgy, Season of Creation, Canadian Thanksgiving, Earth Day, Blessings of Animals

Richard Bott of British Columbia, writes some of the most beautiful liturgy in the church today. These pieces are for the last Sunday in the Season of Creation (which has been added to many of our liturgical calendars.) and Canadian … Continue reading

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