View Full Version : Video and pics: Blessing of the Animals service, Christchurch, Dublin

5th January 2011, 11:23 PM
This is at 1pm and all are welcome; as is a pet you'd like blessed! This annual special service at Christchurch Cathedral was postponed til Thursday.

6th January 2011, 12:32 PM
Heading in to this with Jaspar in his dog packpack!

6th January 2011, 12:56 PM
Karlin I have a selfish request but could you have a prayer for Ella? She seems to be declining and I'm going to neurologist

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6th January 2011, 01:04 PM
LOL, I'm imagining Jaspar with his back pack, so cute. I would love to bring Darcy along but at work today so cannot make it. Sometimes our local church does this also so I will keep an eye out. Have fun :)

6th January 2011, 01:14 PM
Our local church has a special pet service every year, it is lovely to go to it with the two dogs - we also get cats, rabbits, hamsters, lizards etc and last time, a little girl that doesn't own a pet brought along a worm in a jar :p
There is always a special speaker from an animal related area, such as Peata (therapy dogs) the zoo, the DSPCA etc.

6th January 2011, 04:12 PM
The blessing was for all animals so think we are all covered for a blessing! :) Dogs in poor health or homeless were specially mentioned. :flwr:

Here's a video -- you can see Jaspar. You can't see her but Connie, a B&T who belongs to my neighbour Nellie, was on the right and is a qualified therapy dog now (so she was in her PEATA jacket like most of the dogs there -- PEATA's the Irish organisation of therapy dogs) and is one of my rescue dogs. :D You can hear the dogs joining in with the singing! At the start you briefly can see a huge Leonberger to the left on the floor -- there were two and just one of them was about the same volume as 16 cavaliers... :lol:


6th January 2011, 04:46 PM
Aw, thanks for sharing Karlin, lovely to see. Glad all our cavaliers were blessed in spirit :)

6th January 2011, 04:55 PM
And here are some pics:

Connie (one of my rehomed rescues and a PEATA dog!) next to owner Nellie (in wooly cap, who owned Jack, people may remember from our In memoriam section as she lost him last year):


Jaspar chills out for the service with his head on my lap:

A little guy in the next row back:

Visitors enjoying mince pies and tea after the service:

And dogs and people departing at the end!

It was a really lovely service and packed out -- all the people with dogs were called to the front of the church for a special blessing for all our companions to have long and healthy lives -- with special thoughts for the dogs with no homes. :)

6th January 2011, 04:58 PM
Karlin, thanks for sharing this with us. I wish we could have something like this near us - what a wonderful idea:-)

6th January 2011, 05:00 PM
It was a really lovely service -- all the people with dogs were called to the front of the church for a special blessing for all our companions to have long and healthy lives -- with special thoughts for the dogs with no homes. :)[/QUOTE]

Sounds like it was tailormade for you Karlin!
Lovely photos, Connie and Jaspar look like they are at home there.

6th January 2011, 05:28 PM
That just looks wonderful, thank you so much for putting up the video and pics. There is normally a blessing here in Ballyvaughan also, but the parish priest is on a sabbatical. If it still goes on I'll let you know in case anyone can make it. All animals are welcome, last time we had rabbits, dogs, cats, a ferret and the stars- twin calves! (they had to stay outside :p)

6th January 2011, 06:11 PM
I love the idea of a worm in a jar myself! :rotfl:

Jaspar was so good -- he just lay on my lap or on the chair or I held him so he could watch when we stood to sing some belated carols. I brought along a piece of cow's ear (chew) to keep him busy just in case -- you can see it to the right of him in the pic -- but when I went back to my seat after the blessing some other dog had snitched it!! :lol:

6th January 2011, 06:16 PM
Have you seen my thread about posting parcels? :-D

My Mother's favourite story was from when I was about 4 and she caught me sneaking in with a worm in my hand - "But Mummy he was cold outside so I brought him in to play"

This little girl is obviously related to me!!!

Thank you so much for sharing the photos and video - so glad that Jaspar enjoyed himself and lovely to see wee Connie and Nellie - we do of course remember Jack :(

What a wonderful idea - it sounds a lovely thing to attend. I did try to get one organised at a church in the village where I lived some years back, but the Rector wasn't happy about doing it :sl*p:

6th January 2011, 06:18 PM
So moving, Karlin. Thanks for sharing - loved the soundtrack!

6th January 2011, 08:17 PM
Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

9th January 2011, 12:55 PM
Wow all the dogs were very well behaved.