Clergy holds in-person and virtual services to bless pets

Fifteen furry companions and their families braved the rain last Saturday, October 1, for the Smyth County Humane Society and Smyth Animal Rescue’s annual Blessing of Animals.

Normally held on the lawn of Christ’s Episcopal Church in Marion, the remnants of Hurricane Ian led everyone inside for the service led by Reverend Emily Edmondson.

Mike Snavely of relief organizations said he received 100 pounds. pet food and monetary donations of $183. He said: “…All the pets received a wonderful blessing from Reverend…Edmondson, who made it all possible. He also expressed his gratitude to all who helped and to those who participated.

On Thursday, Ebenezer Lutheran Church pastor Kayla Keilholtz hosted a virtual pet blessing ceremony where attendees were able to share their pet’s name, age and photo.

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Tomorrow, Oct. 9, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Highway 91 in Saltville will also host an animal blessing after the service that begins at 11 a.m. Pets are welcome during the service. Refreshments will be available. Animal blessing events are held in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, whose feast day is in early October.

Perry A. Thomasson