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Blessing of Animals set for next week

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Krystle Smith, kennel manager at the Roswell Humane Society, and Rev. Dale Plummer, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, are holding two of the adoptable furry friends who are waiting for their forever-humans at Roswell’s Humane Society. (Christina Stock Photo)

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will host its annual “Blessing of the Animals” and memorial service on Oct. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The public is invited to bring their pets and livestock to the church to be blessed. According to the Roswell Daily Record’s archives, this tradition is in its 27th year at St. Andrew’s.

Rev. Dale Plummer has much admiration for animals and their part in the story of St. Francis of Assisi.

“It takes place on or around the commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4) honoring his commitment and his love of God’s creation, which includes the animals,” he said. “Legend says he contributed the first Nativity scene to tell the story of the incarnation and birth of Christ and he gathered creatures — God’s creation — around to tell the story, to be present in the story. It (the blessing of the animals) has been a tradition in the church and it has been for centuries in many churches. In the last 30 to 40 years, it has grown and expanded in many churches across the country.”

Traditionally, donations collected at the service will be given to the Roswell Humane Society.

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In the past, all kinds of animals were brought by their owners to be blessed. While the little critters — even an exotic iguana in 2011 — receive their blessing inside the chapel. For security reasons, all animals should be on leashes, in carriers or contained in a safe manner. Livestock has plenty of space in the north parking lot of the church, located at 505 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

For more information, call 575-622-1353.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.