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Blessing of the Animals

Hundreds gathered during the Blessing of the Animals service at the Basilica of Saint Mary Oct. 4. Animals of all shapes, sizes, and domesticity gather together to celebrate all of God's creation and ask for God's blessing on our animals.

  • A dog poses on the steps of The Basilica before processing in to the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015.
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    Stacy Glaus
    A dog poses on the steps of The Basilica before processing in to the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015.
  • Dogs peak through the aisles during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Dogs peak through the aisles during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015.
  • A dog looks over the shoulder of her owner during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    A dog looks over the shoulder of her owner during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
  • Dogs lay in the aisles during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015, at the Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Dogs lay in the aisles during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015, at the Basilica.
  • Fr. Joe Gillespie sprinkles holy water on pets during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Fr. Joe Gillespie sprinkles holy water on pets during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
  • Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary prays over a pet during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4 at the Basilica. The blessing is an opportunity for pets and their owners to gather together and give thanks for all creation.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary prays over a pet during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4 at the Basilica. The blessing is an opportunity for pets and their owners to gather together and give thanks for all creation.
  • Travis Salisbury, coordinator of liturgical celebrations, blesses a therapy dog Oct. 4, 2015, during the Blessing of the Animals at The Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Travis Salisbury, coordinator of liturgical celebrations, blesses a therapy dog Oct. 4, 2015, during the Blessing of the Animals at The Basilica.
  • Kathy Mellin Grubbs holds her parrot during the Blessing of the Animals service at the Basilica of Saint Mary Oct. 4. Grubbs had her parrot blessed following the service to prayer for good health and to give thanks for all our animals.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Kathy Mellin Grubbs holds her parrot during the Blessing of the Animals service at the Basilica of Saint Mary Oct. 4. Grubbs had her parrot blessed following the service to prayer for good health and to give thanks for all our animals.
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