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"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" - Blessing for all Animals

Animal Blessing Mass for ALL Animals of the World

2019/09/22, 09:30 AM  

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Pfarre Linz - St. Peter
Wallenbergstra├če 20
A-4020 Linz
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Saint Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of the Animals. His commemoration is on the 4th of October. This is also World Animal Day.
For many years all pets living within the boundaries of the Parish of St. Peter in Linz, Austria have been blessed individually during Holy Mass on the Sunday nearest World Animal Day. The animal blessing ceremony will be take place in the church square, weather permitting.
Incase of inclement weather, the service will take place in the church.

Worldwide Participation possible!

In previous years we've received many telephone calls and emails from people who were unable to come to the animal blessing with their pets for various reasons such as too far to travel or poor health. For those who are unable to attend in person, it's possible to post or email a photograph of their pet, with its name, for inclusion in the animal blessing service. We will display the photographs on the wall and they will receive God's blessing during the ceremony. Prayer and blessing know no boundaries and encompass the whole world!

Due to numerous requests, we will have a special area on our wall etitled "Thank you, little light" -- Pets, that have accompanied us for a part of our life's journey. There will be room for pictures of pets, that have passed away and that we want to think of lovingly on this day.

Last year we received more than 1000 pictures of animals requesting prayer and blessing. Dr. Judith Eigl, Veterinary Surgeon, has generously agreed to cover the cost of printing the colour photographs of all the animals. There is no charge for attending the service and, after the animal blessing, all participants will receive a photograph of the celebration by mail or email free of charge.

Event organizer

Pfarre Linz - St. Peter
Wallenbergstra├če 20
A-4020 Linz
Phone: +43 732 341442
Fax: +43 732 341442-4
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