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Blessing of animals held at Mother Seton School

October 26, 2009

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Friday, Oct. 2, was a much-anticipated day for the students at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg.

It was the day that the school hosted its annual blessing of the animals prayer service.

The celebration is held in recognition of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Animals of all types arrived and waited their turn to receive their blessing from Deacon John Hawkins of St. Anthony's parish in Emmitsburg and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Thurmont, Md.

Hawkins blessed many cats and dogs, and also had the opportunity to bless a pony, a rooster, fish, frogs, a goat, a ferret and among the most exotic, a bearded lizard.

"The blessing of the animals is such a great tradition and the children really look forward to it. It's a great way to bring the community together," said teacher Sheila Dorsey of the event hosted by the school's first grade.

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