It was wonderful; the humans sang some lovely songs and the doggies joined in; then the vicar blessed all the animals :
Blessing of the pets"Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. On the fifth and sixth days of creation, you called forth fish in the sea, birds to the air, and animals on the land. You inspired Francis of Assisi to call all animals his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless these animals, and by the power of your love, enable them to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures. Amen."
A lady gave us a medallion and a card of St Francis that had been blessed during the ceremony.
The story of St Francis :
St Francis was a lover of animals; in his city of Gubbio in Italy, there was a ferocious wolf who terrorised everyone. He blessed him and he said "Brother Wolf, you do much harm in these parts...All these people accuse you and curse you... But brother wolf, I would like to make peace between you and the people". Then Francis led the wolf into the town and made a pact between the wolf and the people and also on behalf of the town dogs, that they would not bother the wolf again.
|Card of St Francis blessed by the vicar|
Mum is recovering well from her operation; thank you to all our friends who sent their wishes, she was very touched.
Dad worked from home to look after Mum, and he had a meeting with his colleagues which he joined by teleconference; meanwhile Ollie and I were fooling around a bit noisily in the same room, and Dad's colleagues heard us and laughed ! So we are honoured to have been able to participate in Dad's work and especially to have livened up this meeting (it sounded a bit boring anyway...)
|Dad, please take us to your work, we promise we'll be good !|
For it is in giving that we receive.
St Francis of Assisi