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Episcopal Church in Keller blesses man’s best friend

The Rev. Scot McComas, Rector, blesses Jerry and Jane Smith's nine rescue dogs.
The Rev. Scot McComas, Rector, blesses Jerry and Jane Smith's nine rescue dogs. Special to the Star-Telegram

About two dozen dogs, a couple of cats, three horses, the ashes of a cherished dog and a photo on an iPad of a sick pet were among the critters blessed Saturday at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church.

The annual blessing and service pay respects to feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, known as an advocate for the poor and friend to animals, said The Rev. Scot McComas, rector.

He read a prayer that began: “Our furry, feathered and scaled friends, we greet you. You come from the same Creator that we do. We pray that your days be filled with love and whatever else you desire.”

The day included singing songs such as “All creatures of our God and King” and “All things bright and beautiful.”

McComas, who is new to St. Martin-in-the-Fields, said of the prayer written by The Rev. Mike Wallens, “It’s a really neat prayer for our furry friends.”

The day included singing songs such as “All creatures of our God and King” and “All things bright and beautiful.”

Every animal received a St. Francis medal.

More than 100 people participated, said the rector, adding, “We were real excited about the great turnout.”

Thirteen animals came through their drive-thru blessing window that was designed for skittish and ill critters and ones that might not play well with others.

One owner brought a picture of an ailing pet on an iPad.

Instead of the church’s regular worship service inside the church, they held the service outside in the north fields by the memorial garden.

13 Animals that came through the drive-thru blessing window that was designed for skittish and ill critters and ones that might not play well with others.

The church had advertised that “If your pet is no longer with us, you are welcome to bring a photo so that we can celebrate the life of your pet. We will remember all those creatures who have made our lives special.”

One pet owner brought the ashes of a cherished pet.

“We blessed the ashes and put them into our pet memorial garden,” McComas said.

Marty Sabota

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