Animals and their people come to be blessed

Oct 09, 2017
Photo by: Carolyn Zachary Maya pays close attention as the Rev. Christopher Szarke of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church blesses her Oct. 8 while owner Paul Mazur of Northport looks on.

Belfast — Two dozen parishioners and their pets turned out Sunday for the annual Blessing of the Animals on the lawn at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.

Rector Christopher J. Szarke conducted a brief service and then, one by one, blessed each cat and dog, saying  "May your common life, with your family, be blessed."

Sweetie came all the way from Manhattan with owners Meredith Mazur, her husband Luis Vargas and their baby Matias for her blessing. They accompanied Meredith's father, Paul Mazur of Northport, and his two dogs, Velvet and Maya.

At least one reluctant cat missed out by running away and hiding when Faith Thompson of Belfast took out his crate. But the resourceful Thompson produced a photo on her mobile phone, and Szarke blessed Sam remotely.

Twinkle receives a blessing from the Rev. Christopher Szarke Oct. 8. Owner Faith Thompson also brought Missy the cat in the carrier (lower right) for a blessing, but asked that reluctant cat Sam be blessed via cell phone (in Thompson's hand). Szarke obliged. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Pets and their humans receive a final blessing from the Rev. Christopher Szarke on the lawn of St. Margaret's Church Oct. 8 before adjourning inside for refreshments.
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