Dogs, cats and owners enjoy Hitchin pet-blessing service
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There was an unusual congregation of nine dogs, four cats and their owners during a pet-blessing service in Hitchin yesterday.
The annual blessing of pets service at St Faith’s Church in Walsworth was led by Rev Melanie Crowley.
It included well-known hymns and an individual blessing for each pet and owner.
Past pet-blessing services at St Faith’s have seen birds and even rats brought along.
St Faith’s is not the only North Herts parish church to hold annual blessings for animals.
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St Ippolyts Church, in the village of the same name, holds a horse-blessing service each summer – most recently last month.
St Ippolyts vicar Rev Ginni Dear, who started her ministry in the village in 2016, overcame a fear of the animals to lead the service in her first year.
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She has since become comfortable enough that she conducted the latest annual blessing while herself on horseback.