What do I have in common with a camel, a donkey, a large horse, a miniature horse, a pig, sheep, goats, llamas, birds, geese, a fox, dogs, at least one cat, a giant tortoise, rabbits, a snake, a lizard and a coatimundi? We all spent the morning in church.
I can't speak for the animals, but I do not normally go to church. I did today and I was excited to find a seat at the St. John the Divine Church for their yearly blessing of the animals. There were, of course, lots of prayers and blessings, but there were also dancers and singing, and all types of music by locals performers. And interspersed throughout this program were lots of barks and growls.
At the end of the program, the small parade of animals were led up the center aisle to be blessed, then a few minutes later led back out. I don't think the animals were all too impressed with the program-but they were very well behaved for the most part.
My favorite moments of the event were: watching the young priest take a selfie with the camel; hearing the pig squeal througout the ceremony and then back down the aisle (squealing like only a pig can squeal); and watching the poor guy on shovel patrol, followed by two women wheeling the full wheelbarrow behind--the true unsung heroes.
Afterwards, the local pets were taken outside by their owners to be blessed by the priests in the park next door.
I bought a cupcake, picked up some brochures on local non-profits, and headed home to get warm. It was a great way to spend my Sunday morning.