Episcopal School of Knoxville blesses animals

Episcopal School of Knoxville blesses animals

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The Episcopal School of Knoxville held its annual Blessing of the Animals Friday. The Episcopal School of Knoxville held its annual Blessing of the Animals Friday.
Students brought in their pets, everything from a hermit crab to a guinea pig to a horse, for a blessing from the clergy. Students brought in their pets, everything from a hermit crab to a guinea pig to a horse, for a blessing from the clergy.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Hundreds of kids and parents gathered Friday for a holy ceremony with a bunch of animals. The Episcopal School of Knoxville held its annual Blessing of the Animals.

Students brought in their pets, everything from a hermit crab to a guinea pig to a horse, for a blessing from the clergy as part of the celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis.

Chaplain Joshua Hill says St. Francis was in-tune to how all living beings are connected.

"We believe we are all related that way, that all beings that have breath and have life, are made by the Lord, and are also involved in a collective song and orchestra - a symphony of praise to God."

Officials say the popularity of the event forces them to keep the blessings short. Over 500 people and animals turned out for the event.

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