Many dogs, a cat, and 1 lizard

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Many creatures great and small attended a blessing of the pets  at Trinity Church on Saturday, October 28. Whether pets need a blessing is debatable, but my hunch is that Pastor Jon Stratton (shown below with his young family) engages the community in whatever clever ways he can. Witness the well-attended blessing of the bicycles (look here) last summer.

The smallest creature to receive a blessing was also the most exotic, an Uromastyk lizard from Mali, above. The lizard also had the distinction of possessing the most fearsome tail—ouch!Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Father Jon Stratton with his wife Susie and their children, Alice and Frank.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Approximately 20 dogs were ushered onto the church pews where they seemed perfectly at home, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles   Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

More pets with their owners in attendance at the morning service, above.

And last but not least among them, blessed be the lone feline tucked as far back in its carrier as it could get. No photographs please.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Socializing and refreshments followed the service, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Trinity Church, 600 N. Euclid, (314) 361-4655.

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