What a blessing for pastors to do pet blessings. After all, did God not create all creatures? Perhaps some of the creatures were put here to support the human race – which, by the way, could certainly use some support. Have you read the paper or listened to the news lately? It is pretty pathetic!
So, hearing that another progressive pastor looked beyond the norm and did the first pet blessing known to have been carried out in New York City, is positive news that we humans (especially pet lovers) can use. It was pretty popular for a first time event; over 40 dogs and even one very brave cat attended the ceremony. There were many more that attended in spirit only; blessings given to those pets that have already crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
If you would like to view the event, there are several short videos available for your viewing pleasure:
native american blessing - group reading: http://youtu.be/4E7_inZP5fM
pet blessing: anat's reading: http://youtu.be/qteUy9Ur_rI
spiritual humanist blessing - opening reading: http://youtu.be/y30S403PncI
individual blessings after conclusion of main readings/ceremony: http://youtu.be/8J0q69TRNkg
People need others to rely on. Sometimes individuals seek solace in their pet; that pet becoming an extremely important figure in their life. If that pet is sick, either emotionally or physically, or has passed on, it can be very difficult for the person – especially if they have nowhere spiritual to turn. That is why pet blessing ceremonies are so important.
Roman Catholics realize how very important animals were to St. Francis. Many Roman Catholic Churches have a special ceremony in the autumn thanks to the love and dedication that St. Francis provided to animals that crossed his path.
According to the blog http://offbeatcompassion.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/a-first-for-buster-max-princess-and-molly-pet-blessings/, if a person grieves the loss of their pet, the big term that other humans have given this is “disenfranchised grief.” What? And what?
Isn’t it better to have someone or something to turn to so that life is just that much more bearable? It would certainly seem so. So it is wonderful when pet lovers can celebrate their pets and take them to be blessed for the blessing that God provides through them to us daily.
A big shout out to Chaplain Daniel for his progressive attempt at getting pet owners and their pets involved in this public blessing ceremony. Those that attended in NYC must be thrilled that someone actually offered their pets an opportunity to be seen in this very holy light. Hopefully others will follow suit so that pets know that their presence in our lives is thought of and appreciated.