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Blessing Of The Animals At Seattle Church Includes Cats, Dogs And A Boa Constrictor

The Blessing of the Animals has long been a tradition in the Anglican Church in England and Catholic and Episcopal churches in the United States. It occurs on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

On Saturday,  October 4th, I attended the animal blessing at St. Paul's Episcopal church on lower Queen Anne in Seattle. It was held in the courtyard next to the church.

As you'll hear in my audio postcard, Reverend Samuel Torvend conducted the service with good humor, as all varieties of pets were in attendance.

Paula is a former host, reporter and producer who retired from KNKX in 2021. She joined the station in 1989 as All Things Considered host and covered the Law and Justice beat for 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.