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Animals Lead Blessed Lives in Vienna - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Oct 13,2015
Filed Under Pets , Community,

Owners brought their pets to the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, on Saturday, Oct. 10 to be blessed. The blessing of the animals was moved from Oct. 4 because of Hurricane Joaquin. Photo by Abigail Constantino

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By Abigail Constantino

VIENNA, VA. - The blessing of the animals at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna took place on Saturday, Oct. 10. It was postponed from last weekend due to the effects of Hurricane Joaquin.

Pet owners took their dogs and their cats to receive blessings from Rev. Richard Lord and Rev. Margaret Peel.

“People want to have God’s protection for their pets,” said Lord. The tradition stems from St. Francis of Assisi and his care of creation and creatures.

“We think it’s important that we get [dog Murphy] blessed. It makes us feel good that he is in God’s care,” said Liz Coulter, of Vienna.

Megan Nealley, of Arlington, felt the same way. She and Marcus Nealley are moving overseas and wanted to make sure their dog Rupert is “well-taken care of as he possibly can be.”

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