Animal blessings offered Saturday at Village Green
CASHIERS -- Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers sponsors the annual tradition of the Blessing of the Animals. People are invited to bring all varieties of pets at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 to the Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road.
Folks attending will gather on the Village Green’s Groovin’ on the Green lawn and be treated to a parade of animals. There will also be prayers, music and celebration of all of God’s creatures. Over the years, ministers have blessed a menagerie of pets at the service including horses, llamas, goats, sheep, guinea pigs as well as many cats and dogs.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Besides a monetary gift, items like blankets, rugs, towels, Milk Bone biscuits, unscented cat litter and canned dog and cat food are useful as well as always needed.
The Village Green will provide water and trash cans for the animals, which must be leashed or otherwise secured and under the owners’ control at all times. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
The tradition of animal or pet blessings is in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all of God’s creatures. St. Francis, whose feast day is Oct. 4, wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things: “All praise to you, O Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”
For information, visit the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd online at
https://www.goodshepherdofcashiers.com or call 828-743-2359.