Tuesday 19 June 2018

WATCH: 'All creatures great and small' - Cathedral opens up service for pets

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

Officials at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast may have been inspired by The Vicar of Dibley when they held a special service for pets last month.

The cathedral, which is more than 100 years old, allowed animals in their doors to celebrate St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Attendees were delighted to bring their pets to the service and even brought in people who wouldn't be regular church-goers. 

"It's actually really lovely. I wouldn't have been a regular church goer, of late, so it really is quite nice to be able to bring the dog," said Jo-Anne Crossley.

The event was also a perfect time to celebrate the love between pet and owner, according to Rev. Canon Mark Niblock.

"We wanted to give thanks for the animals in our lives and those that enrich out lives by their love," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

After the service, owners could bring their pets to the alter to be blessed, which congregant Kendra Scott was delighted to do.

"It was quite nerve wracking, because they're not the best behaved, but, with everybody being so friendly and calm and relaxed, it was really a breeze."

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