Service Celebrates Feast Of St. Francis Of Assisi

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.

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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.”

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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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