Monday, July 1, 2013

In the spirit of St. Francis, Episcopal church holds healing service for pets

From Alabama-

They circled up for prayer – men and women, boys and girls, Airedale Terriers and mixed breeds.

“Hear us as we pray for healing for our friends and companions – our loved ones – whatever their needs,” said the Rev. Ray Buchanan, leading the group in prayer Sunday outside the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in west Mobile.

“Remind us of your love for all of your creation and make us mindful of it daily as we care for them and they for us,” Said Buchanan, rector at the church.

The Healing Service for Pets, held Sunday afternoon, is part of the church’s St. Francis Guild Animal Ministry. The guild, headed by Buchanan’s wife, Nancy, hosts events for the community throughout the year, including an animal CPR class, a pet blessing service and Noah’s Park, a day of activities for owners and their pets. T

There’s also a place at the church where people can scatter the ashes of departed pets -- in the St. Francis Garden, named for St. Francis of Assisi, who had a great love for animals.

Buchanan says that taking care of God’s creation is “a matter of stewardship.” He added that the relationship between believers and their pets can be a manifestation of God’s love.

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