Photos: Blessing of the animals in Greenport, Mattituck

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | No amount of rain can spoil the pleasure of a good scratch for this pooch awaiting his blessing at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mattituck.

In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, animals and their owners attended ceremonies across the North Fork to receive the traditional blessing.

Greenport’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church held a ceremony at noon Sunday, presided over by Rev. Paul Wancura.

Deacon Jeff Sykes at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mattituck performed a ceremony in the early afternoon as a steady downpour drenched both animals and their owners.

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