The Blessing of the Dogs, the Cats, and the Guinea Fowl

A video of The Blessing of the Animals is available on YouTube with photos by Daniel Williams and Gordon Smith and music by the choir of St Mary’s Cathedral, and a lot more photos from Gordon Smith (the one of the Provost and Opal The Cat making plans for world domination is my new favourite photograph of anything ever) on Flickr.

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8 comments

  1. Ah, well. That cope doesn’t get worn often and, in fact, everyone of the four-legged variety was remarkably well-behaved.

  2. I think I agree with this, Rosemary. I think an important part of doing slightly off-the-wall liturgy is to remember that it is still liturgy and is no less an act of devotion just for being slightly off-the-wall.

    The laughter is usually a given from where I sit. :)

  3. The guinea fowl is called Survivor and he belongs to Rosemary.

    I did have a chat with someone on my way into church yesterday who told me about the time he went to a similar service at York Minster and several people had brought racehorses with them. I wonder if horses would fit through the west door…


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