BRATTLEBORO -- People with animals that are considered part of their family are invited to bring their animals to the third annual Blessing of the Animals Special Outdoor Service at Trinity Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Blessing of the Animals service spiritually supports the well-being of the animals that are loved. God loves the animals. When the animals are blessed, the focus of the ceremony is to bring attention to the perfection that God put into it when he created it. When animals are formally blessed, life forces are shared. Energy is transferred from God to the animal involved. It is not just comforting words, life is channeled and there is a spiritual energy of healing from God. To bless is to mediate shalom.
During the service each pet will receive a certificate of participation and a hands-on-individual blessing for "Good Health, Long Life, and a Happy Home."
The public is invited and welcome to participate in this service. Animals of all species, shapes and sizes are welcome. Pet caretakers are encouraged to bring their animals in carriers or on leashes.
The service will be held in the outdoor chapel behind Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro. For more information, call the church office at 802-254-4220.