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October 10, 2017 - 8:23am

Blessing of the Animals this Saturday at St. James

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, st. james, news, pets, animals.

St. James Episcopal Church will host a Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m., Saturday. All pets are welcome.

The event will be held on the church's front lawn. All pets must be leashed or in a cage. If you can't bring your pet, you are encouraged to bring a picture.

Diane Cox wrote this about the event:

A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. This custom is conducted in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

Francis, whose feast day is celebrated in October loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.

For single householders, a pet (aka furbaby) can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find their furbaby overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature.

Our furbabies are family: we love them, we talk to them, you can purchase health insurance for them, we now have human choices in veterinarian health care, pet therapy; we grieve for when they cross the rainbow bridge, and we can choose for them to be laid to rest with us. 

The bond between person and furbaby is like no other relationship because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.

Scott Chismar
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Great news piece.

However, When it comes to the love of "Furbabies" who was it that decided that it was ok to kill chickens, cows and pigs to become part of the human diet? Do these creatures not count? How may people will attend the event Saturday after eating sausage in the morning for breakfast or will swing by McDonald;s after the Blessing for a Quarter Pounder? Just wondering. Sounds a tad Hypocritical to me. I wish everyone who attends the Blessing a great day. Just try to think of where the food on your plate comes from.

Howard B. Owens
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I think about it every time I enjoy a nice cut of ribeye. Thank you cow for being part of the food chain so that I might enjoy a well-cooked meal and get better nutrition.

I went more than a year in my 20s without eating meat. Finally, I just had to have a hamburger. Haven't looked back since. I realized it just didn't make any sense.

As a matter of evolutionary biology, the discovery of fire as a means to cook food, including meat, was key to our brains being able to evolve into the massive, complex structures they are. Brains use 20 percent of the energy from the calories we consume, more than any other species and more than any other organ in our body. The ability to add meat to our diet was an important evolutionary step.


Our first agriculture about 10,000 years ago was wheat. Interestingly, some people have a hard time digesting wheat and other flours.

Plants have feelings, too.


And plants know when they're being eaten.


Ed Hartgrove
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"... who was it that decided that it was ok to kill chickens, cows and pigs to become part of the human diet?"

For decades, my question has been, "Who was the first person to look at a lobster and think, 'Hey! We could eat that!'"

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