: Get Thee Behind Me Satan!

Get Thee Behind Me Satan!

Although World Animal Day isn't until October 4th, most churches celebrate World Animal Day on the Sunday closest to that date with a Blessing of the Pets.   

So early this afternoon we gathered under the bells at Saint Mary's of the Pines in Manahawkin at the Jersey Shore.  It wasn't your usual chatting groups after 11:30 mass.

Saint Mary's Blessing of the Pets
Let the Blessings Begin
Dad & Diego
My Dad & Diego

Blessing of the Animals at St Mary's 2011 Manahawkin

October 4th was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October 4th with a Blessing for the Animals. 



Comment balloon 4 commentsLaura Giannotta • October 02 2011 02:59PM


Some of the local churches have done this for years.  last year I got My Pastor to do a Blessing of the Deer Hunters!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

William, they actually blessed the hunted, and praised them for their sacrifice!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 7 years ago

Laura, you scared me with that title but here I am loving this post. I did not know that October 4 was a day for blessing the animals. For us, it is everyday. Love the photos!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) over 7 years ago

Laura, it's nice to know that I get a little respect at least one day a year :))

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 7 years ago