God’s creatures in blessing

Animal blessing at Halifax Minster. Mary Healey and Mary Stott with Millie and Sky.
Animal blessing at Halifax Minster. Mary Healey and Mary Stott with Millie and Sky.

Creatures GREAT and small gathered to be blessed in a ceremony at Halifax Minster.

In the seventh annual animal blessing organised by RSPCA Halifax, dogs of all breeds, cats of all creeds, guinea pigs, rabbits and gerbils pulled up a pew in church in a blessing ceremony, Sunday October 6.

RSPCA animal blessing

RSPCA animal blessing

The service was conducted by Halifax Minster ReaderMs Trish Boyd. Sunday, was her first animal blessing ceremony.

She said: “The service was fantastic and such a wonderful atmosphere.

“Around 40-50 animals came for a blessing, it was a wonderful turnout.

“The church believes that every living creature is part of God’s creation and that animals are as deserving of blessings as humans.”

A RSPCA Halifax spokesperson said: “The blessing gives God’s creatures an opportunity to be blessed by the Lord and is important for many of our animal rescuers.”

The blessing ceremony was held on the nearest Sunday to October 4 - World Animal Day - as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

In previous years, horses and tropical animals have attended the annual blessing ceremony.