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Pets receive blessings on special day each year

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    Originally published December 27, 2006 Pets receive blessings on special day each year By Brandy Chetsas
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 30, 2006
      Originally published December 27, 2006

      Pets receive blessings on special day each year

      By Brandy Chetsas

      http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006612280322

      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
      each year.
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