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Blessing of the Animals

Each year, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment by inviting the parish and community to bring their pets to be blessed.


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Bryan, Peyton and Karen Krych with their dog Elsa, attend St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Blessing of the Animals service in Spokane Wash., Sunday, October 6, 2013. The service celebrates the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Each year, St. Mark’s invites the parish and community to bring their pets to be blessed


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With his dog Nestle by his side, St. Marks Lutheran Church Pastor Eric Dull gives a sermon during the Blessing of the Animals service, Sunday, Oct 6, 2013.


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Debbie Halstead holding her Shih Tzu/Toy Poodles mix named Odie and Max, returns to her pew after receiving communion, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.


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During the St Mark’s Lutheran Church’s Blessing of the Animals service, Linda Fleming holds her dog Barni while singing a hymn, Sunday Oct 6, 2013.


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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Pastor Richard Finch blesses Bryn VanMansum’s rabbit, named Hershey.


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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Pastor Richard Finch, left, blesses a SpokAnimal shelter cat that Calvin Moore had just adopted. Each year, St. Mark’s honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment by inviting the parish and community to bring their pets to be blessed.


Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

Animals and their owners attend the 24th annual Blessing of the Animals church service at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Sunday, Oct. 6.2013, in Spokane, Wash.

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