Photos: Pet owners brave the cold for blessings in Greenport

10/03/2015 5:54 PM |
Rev. Garret Johnson greets five-year-old Emma. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Rev. Garret Johnson greets five-year-old Emma. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport held its annual Blessing of the Animals Saturday afternoon just as the rain began to fall.

About a half dozen dogs with their owners braved the chill and wind to receive the blessing, which is done to honor St. Francis of Assisi’s love for animals.

After reading a special prayer, Rev. Garret Johnson blessed each animal individually.

Scroll down to see more photos, taken by photographer Katharine Schroeder:

Charlie, a 12-year-old dog from Greenport, waits for the ceremony to begin.

Charlie, a 12-year-old dog from Greenport, waits for the ceremony to begin.

Emma is apparently more interested in belly rubs than blessings.

Emma is apparently more interested in belly rubs than blessings.

Rev. Johnson begins the blessing.

Rev. Johnson begins the blessing.

Ten-year-old Astro

Ten-year-old Astro

Taki, a six-year-old rescue watches the blessing.

Taki, a six-year-old rescue watches the blessing.

Willie watches the proceedings, seemingly suspicious.

Willie watches the proceedings, seemingly suspicious.

Rev. Johnson blesses Emma.

Rev. Johnson blesses Emma.

Rev. Johnson blesses Taki

Rev. Johnson blesses Taki

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