Glorious day for Blessing of Animals

Father James Hahn, from Christ the King Catholic Church in Cambridge, blesses a goat owned by Alison Murrell, pictured behind them on the horse. The annual Blessing of the Animals, hosted by the Isanti County Humane Society, was held under sunny skies Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Catholic Church. Photos by Rachel Kytonen.
Isanti County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Chris Caulk, along with son Jaeger, brought retired K9 Nike to the annual Blessing. Nike continues to live with the Caulk family since his retirement from the sheriff’s department in October 2010.
Becky Lawrence brought her two retired racing greyhounds to the Blessing of the Animals ceremony. Lawrence rescued the greyhounds.
A nice crowd of people, and a variety of animals, gathered for the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony held during beautiful weather on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cambridge. The event was hosted by the Isanti County Humane Society, with Marlys Palmer (pictured) welcoming everyone to the gathering. “I’m thankful we have the opportunity to come together today to receive the blessing and give praise for all animals,” Palmer said.


Freda Andreini shares a laugh with Father Hahn during the Blessing while kneeling by her cocker spaniel “Honey.”

‘Do-it-yourself’ Franciscan Animal Blessing 

For all animals:

Blessed are you, Lord God,

maker of all living creatures.

On the fifth and sixth days of creation,

you called forth fish in the sea,

birds in the air and animals on the land.

You inspired St. Francis to call all animals

his brothers and sisters.

We ask you to bless this animal.

By the power of your love,

enable it to live according to your plan.

May we always praise you

for all your beauty in creation.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.

For a sick animal:

Heavenly Father,

you created all things for your glory

and made us stewards of this creature.

If it is your will, restore it to health and strength.

Blessed are you, Lord God,

and holy is your name for ever and ever. Amen.