A blessing for the furry ones

Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary, prays over a pet during the Blessing of the Animals. Credit: Photos by Stacy Glaus

(Photos by Stacy Glaus)

The Basilica of St. Mary held its annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Hundreds of people joined by their beloved pets gathered for the event to have their animals — big and small — blessed.

The event also included prayer, music, readings and a procession of pets.