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Crowd Of People, And Animals, Gathers For Blessing At St. John The Divine

Service Celebrates Feast Of St. Francis Of Assisi
Blessing Of The Animals

The Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Oct. 6, 2013. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thousands of people lined up for hours outside of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, many of them trying to get a glimpse of the animals that were being blessed.

Among them were a camel, a donkey, a llama, a mini-horse and a tortoise.

Others brought their own pets to be blessed.

“I’m looking forward to seeing some elephants, some llamas I hear, and a camel, so that should be pretty fun,” one woman said, “so maybe my dog will make some friends.”

Jennifer from Hell’s Kitchen brought her dog, who seemed to approve of all the festivities.

“It’s just a new experience for her, because she’s never left the house, really, except to go to the bed,” she said. “She was freaking out on the subway a little.”

The Blessing of the Animals celebrates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

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