A Blessing of the Animals will be held today, Oct. 13, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Logan at 4 p.m.
The custom of blessing pets and animals is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.
Co-celebrants of the ceremony will be Rev. Tim Barnhouse, Rev. Doug Craven and Rev. George Kostas.
“This will be our fifth or sixth ecumenical blessing of the pets,” Kostas, pastor of Holy Trinity, said. “We hope that people will bring their pets to this service. We will also pause to allow people to mention the names of their pets that are already deceased. We will pray for them also.”
Kostas said that children often ask what happens to their pets when they die, but adults also ask the question.
“We older people, when we lose a pet, we want to know,” Kostas said. “It’s important. Pets are important to everyone, not only children, but adults.
Kostas said God created all life, but first he created all the creatures.
“We’re part of God’s creation. Where’s there’s love, there is God; where’s there’s God, there is love,” Kostas said.
Kostas said he read an article stating that humans get more from pets than pets get from humans.
“When you buy a pet, that is the only love money can buy,” Kostas said. “They are loyal… they love you.”
Kostas said all animals will be welcome to the ceremony.
“The only thing I ask is if it crawls, have it in a cage,” Kostas said.