08/08/18 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS Big Red, a Newfoundland, surveys the scene.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS
Big Red, a Newfoundland, surveys the scene.

“You made the pets we welcome in/ They’re wondrous blessings too./ With paws and whiskers, wings and fins,/ They offer praise to you.”

This is a verse from “O God Your Creatures Fill the Earth,” a hymn sung on Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Episcopal’s annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony. Over 40 pet-loving friends of the church gathered to celebrate their companion animals and Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, who believed that nature itself was the mirror of God.

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