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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07/10/18 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS Rascal the guinea pig and Boo the pug go nose-to-nose in the arms of their owners, Nicolle De Leonardis and Angelina Rice.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS
Rascal the guinea pig and Boo the pug go nose-to-nose in the arms of their owners, Nicolle De Leonardis and Angelina Rice.

On the sunny morning of July 7, approximately 40 dogs — and one guinea pig — and their owners gathered in a shady park across the street from Our Lady of the Isle Church for the annual “Blessing of the Pets” ceremony.

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