Originally published December 27, 2006
Pets receive blessings on special day each year
By Brandy Chetsas
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
About 80 animals - dogs, cats and one rabbit - received blessings
from Father Alex Chetsas at the St. Modestos Pet Blessing at Holy
Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church.
Representatives from the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service
Center were on hand with animals in need of a loving home and to
provide information about volunteer opportunities.
The event was sponsored by Holy Mother of God's youth, who provided
dog and cat treats for the patient critters and also ensured that
water bowls were kept full.
The pet blessing was held in recognition of St. Modestos, a third-
century Eastern Orthodox Christian saint. St. Modestos viewed
animals as sublime and mysterious gifts from God, and would often
bless the livestock of the faithful - praying for their health and
survival and glorifying in the vastness and beauty of all that God
made. The Eastern Orthodox Church recognizes St. Modestos on Dec. 16