Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s

Newly installed Rector Gini Gerbasi invited furry friends or stuffed animals to the 9 a.m. service held at St. John’s Church on O Street Oct. 5. The four-footers received treats and blessed medals at Communion to mark the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. The Washington Animal Rescue League brought two adoptable dogs, and the Washington Humane Society passed out information at a 2 p.m. service on the lawn, which included a prayer for pets no longer with us. While the honorees enjoyed treats donated by the Cheeky Puppy in Dupont Circle, their humans were delighted with their own generous edibles provided by G’Town Bites, which recently opened on O Street.

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