In the Year of COVID-19, Animals Are Blessed at St. John’s

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Alexa Johnson and her dog, Tessa. Photo by Robert Devaney.

This year’s Blessing of the Animals was celebrated on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4, a Sunday, when St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown held its first Sunday service in many weeks outside — across the street at the Hyde-Addison School playground.

On such a glorious sunny afternoon, St. John’s welcomed the pawed faithful to its lawn. Since not all of God’s creatures have mastered the art of social distancing, the service was more sparsely attended, this time only by canines, and much briefer than in previous years. After an opening prayer, Rector Gini Gerbasi, Associate Rector Sarah Duggin and Seminarian Julia Domenick blessed and provided treats to the well behaved honorees. It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the animal kingdom.

Hillary Ponvert and Rufus. Photo by Robert Devaney.
St. John’s Rector Gini Gerbasi, Seminarian Julia Domenick and Associate Rector Sarah Duggin. Photo by Robert Devaney.
St. John’s Seminarian Julia Domenick. Photo by Robert Devaney.
St. John’s Rector Gini Gerbasi. Photo by Robert Devaney.
Diana Bulger with Chip and Lucy. Photo by Robert Devaney.
Gail Scott with the politically involved Sugar and Spice. Photo by Robert Devaney.
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