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10th annual Blessing of the Animals
The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, Danvers, will preside over the 10th annual Blessing of the Animals, a beloved community event for the entire north shore. It happens Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street, Danvers.
The gathering -- free and open to the public, with all faiths welcome -- usually attracts some 300 pets and their humans and is sponsored annually by Calvary and the Perfect Paws Pet Ministry.
As part of the ceremony, Rev. Thea lays hands on each and every animal that attends, praying for the blessings of a long life, good health and a caring, happy home. The event is held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals.
St. Francis loved all living creatures and had a great respect for the earth. He also felt great solidarity with the poor and oppressed. The Blessing of the Animals reminds us that his example is something important for us to remember, appreciate, and emulate.
For those humans who wanted to obtain a blessing for a pet that is either unable to travel to the site, ill, or deceased, Rev. Thea will bless “paper prayers,” on which the name and type of animal is written by their owners.
Last year, for Zeus, a giant Mastiff with a low tolerance for small dogs, the owner wrote, “My Mom wouldn’t let me come today.”
Individuals who work on Saturday, and those who are far away and cannot attend, may also participate by sending a paper prayer for blessings of a beloved animal friend, via the form at http://www.calvaryepiscopal-danvers.org/petministry/blessing2012.htm#PaperPrayer
All email prayers will be acknowledged.
For more information, please go to http://www.calvaryepiscopal-danvers.org/petministry/blessing2012.htm
|Where||Endicott Park 57 Forest St, Danvers, MA 01923|
|Next on||This event is over.|
|Time||1:00 pm–3:00 pm|
More About Endicott Park
Endicott Park hosts many family activities from gardening to hay rides. The park's varied lanscape includes horse pastures, fields and meadows, historic farm buildings, orchards, community gardens, woodlands and marshes, and has a network of trails and dirt roads for stress-free and stroller-friendly exploration. There are recreational activities for all, from hiking, fishing, picnicking and enjoying the playground in warmer months, to sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. Permits are required for groups wishing to reserve park facilities for picnics, reunions and other group events, and certain fees apply. Visit the website for information and an application. The Endicott Community Gardens, also referred to as the Victory Gardens - they were first planted during World War II, include the vegetable and flower gardens of nearly 100 local families. For a nominal fee, and based on a first-come, first-served basis, community members can lease plots of land for the growing season. Interested parties should contact a park ranger or call the park office.
Also located at Endicott Park, but separately managed and operated by the Danvers Historical Society, is Glen Magna Farms.