An­i­mals bless­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

St Matthew-in-the-City will echo with woofs, me­ows and a va­ri­ety of other sounds this Sun­day as crea­tures great and small come to­gether for the an­nual Bless­ing of the An­i­mals.

The cer­e­mony or­gan­ised by the Auck­land SPCA hon­ours St Fran­cis of As­sisi, the pa­tron saint of an­i­mals, and is an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the joy an­i­mals bring to peo­ple’s lives.

“The Bless­ing of the An­i­mals ser­vice is a truly joy­ful oc­ca­sion,” says SPCA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bob Ker­ridge.

The ser­vice starts at 1pm and is pre­ceded by the Great An­i­mal Walk along Queen St and up Welles­ley St to the church.

Those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the march should as­sem­ble in Queen El­iz­a­beth Square at noon for a 12.15pm start.

A can­dle of re­mem­brance will also be lit to com­mem­o­rate an­i­mals that have died, es­pe­cially those killed through cru­elty and vi­o­lence.

A sim­i­lar ser­vice will also take place in Pt Che­va­lier at the Angli­can Church of the As­cen­sion, 11 Dig­nan St, start­ing at 10am this Sun­day.

Dogs and larger an­i­mals at­tend­ing the ser­vices must be kept on leads and other smaller an­i­mals should be suitably con­tained.

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