Blessing of the Animals service in Selsey

Blessing of the Animals at St Peter's Church, Selsey
Blessing of the Animals at St Peter's Church, Selsey

Hamsters and tortoises were among pets taken to church for a Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday.

More than 70 people took their pets to St Peter’s Church, Selsey, to celebrate Harvest Sunday.

Blessing of the Animals at St Peter's Church, Selsey

Blessing of the Animals at St Peter's Church, Selsey

The rector, Father Andy Wilkes, gave the animals a special blessing.

He said: “The animals ranged from a variety of dogs to guinea pigs, hamsters and tortoises. Everyone sang All Things Bright and Beautiful as they brought their pet to the altar to be blessed.”

This is the second year the church has held the special service, which was inspired by St Francis’ love for animals of every kind.

Mr Wilkes added: “Once again, everyone was very well behaved and the only mishap was with a tortoise who couldn’t quite wait till he got back outside.”

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