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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Blessing of the Animals that is held each year in the Memorial Garden of St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main St., Murray, Ky. The event celebrates the Feast Day of St. Francis, the 12th century Patron Saint of Animals. Pets or their photos receive individual blessings from Rt. Rev. David Simmons, Rector of St. John's. In the past, animals have included lizards, goldfish, a snake, a chinchilla, hamsters, guinea pigs, and once, a horse. But the majority of the pets are, not surprisingly, dogs and cats -- quite diverse in themselves.
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Rev. Simmons reading a prayer for the animals.
Rev. Simmons reading a prayer for the animals.
Dr. Pam Rice and Rt. Rev. David Simmons
Dr. Pam Rice and Rt. Rev. David Simmons
Blessing Jean Lorrah's dog, Kadie.
Blessing Jean Lorrah's dog, Kadie.
Blessing Jean Lorrah's therapy cat, Dudley.
Blessing Jean Lorrah's therapy cat, Dudley.
Blessing therapy cat, Miss Kitty.
Blessing therapy cat, Miss Kitty.
Blessing Lois Ruiz' therapy dog, Tessa.
Blessing Lois Ruiz' therapy dog, Tessa.
Blessing Jean Groves' dog, Clifford.
Blessing Jean Groves' dog, Clifford.
Blessing Barney's photo brought by William and Cheri Decker.
Blessing Barney's photo brought by William and Cheri Decker.
Blessing Thomas Auer's dog Lucy.
Blessing Thomas Auer's dog Lucy.
Blessing Turtle owned by Darren McFerron.
Blessing "Turtle" owned by Darren McFerron.
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