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Blessing of the Animals

At the annual Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, any creature is welcome.
At the annual Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, any creature is welcome. ( Photo by Kelly Carmody )
A sheep receives a blessing.
A sheep receives a blessing. ( Photo by Kelly Carmody )
Rachel Wood waits to have her barn owl, Jesse, blessed by the priest.
Rachel Wood waits to have her barn owl, Jesse, blessed by the priest. ( Photo by Kelly Carmody )
Well. That's a camel. In a cathedral.
Well. That's a camel. In a cathedral. ( Photo by Kelly Carmody )
Chuckles the Parrot.
Chuckles the Parrot. ( Photo by Kelly Carmody )
The section of the pews designated for "Big Dogs."
The section of the pews designated for "Big Dogs." ( Photo by Kelly Carmody )
Jesse the owl, post-blessing. Can you sense a difference?
Jesse the owl, post-blessing. Can you sense a difference? ( Photo by Kelly Carmody )
A tortoise is led from the parking lot into the cathedral where it will soon receive its blessing.
A tortoise is led from the parking lot into the cathedral where it will soon receive its blessing. ( Photo by Kelly Carmody )
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