Hudson Lake Mennonite Church Pet Blessing
On Sunday, Oct. 2nd, Hudson Lake Mennonite Church joined with churches around the world to celebrate something that St. Francis of Assisi started almost 800 years ago: blessing our animals. It was Francis who powerfully reminded us that human beings are only one of a myriad of creations of God and all are blessed in God’s “eyes.” Many synagogues also have a “blessing of the animals” ceremony on the seventh day of Passover, and, they say, the idea originated in ancient Judaism. The HLMC blessing took place outside in the parking lot after the regular morning worship service. Pets and animals either came physically or by photo. In addition to the blessing of pets and animals the blessing time included a prayer of blessing for veterinarians, vet techs and other employees, vet clinics, and rescue groups who asked to be included. By the numbers, 42 pets received a blessing, blessing card, and a kibble type of treat; 22 veterinarians, vet techs and employees were included in a prayer of blessing and received blessing cards. Animals represented included: dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, tarantulas, rabbits and one duck (representing hundreds of ducks!). Three dogs came early and attended the regular worship service. In both the Christian and Jewish ceremonies, the message to those of us with animal companions is the same: take care of them as you would take care of yourself. Show gratitude; they are gifts from God. Hudson Lake Mennonite Church holds this service on even numbered years, the first Sunday in October.