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PICTURES: Pet blessing ceremony at Inverness Cathedral


By Louise Glen

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Kelpie relaxes between the pews. Picture: Gary Anthony
Kelpie relaxes between the pews. Picture: Gary Anthony

A moving service to bless pets was held in Inverness Cathedral.

Led by church deacon the Rev Katrina O’Neill and the Rev Ellis Charman, pet owners from across the city joined in prayer.

Maudie the border terrier. Picture: Gary Anthony
Maudie the border terrier. Picture: Gary Anthony

Rev O’Neill said: “The pet service is always an enjoyable service.

Rev Katrina O'Neill led the service. Picture: Gary Anthony
Rev Katrina O'Neill led the service. Picture: Gary Anthony

“Due to the current situation of Covid-19, things were slightly different than we have had in the past.”

Rhu enjoyed the service. Picture: Gary Anthony
Rhu enjoyed the service. Picture: Gary Anthony

She explained that due to coronavirus restrictions, animals were unable to be blessed individually. She said: “Rev Ellie Charman, who came along to assist at the service and do the blessings of the pets this year, gave the blessing from in front of the altar and the list of names was read out. We also had a time of remembrance for those pets that have died. A candle was lit next to a statue of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and names were read out.

Ben has a look around. Picture: Gary Anthony
Ben has a look around. Picture: Gary Anthony

“We were delighted to welcome the dogs and their owners, along with representatives of animal charities. We thank everyone who came along.”

A collection raised £85 for the charity Pets as Therapy.

Boo with owner Kayren Milne. Picture: Gary Anthony
Boo with owner Kayren Milne. Picture: Gary Anthony

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