On Thursday, Sept. 10, the faithful of St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church in Fenton, guided by Fr. Gabriel Bilas and Deacon Michael Schlaack, partnered with Adopt-A-Pet Fenton for their fourth annual Pet Blessing on the Feast day of St. Mammas, the patron saint of pets and animals.
More than 40 pets (and their approximate 70 human companions) were brought to the blessing plus those housed at Adopt-a-Pet. Pets, including dogs, cats, and even a hedgehog, were blessed outside to maintain all COVID-19 protocol. There also were numerous dogs and cats that were unable to be outside for the blessing that are under the care of Adopt-A-Pet.
In keeping with the traditions of the Ancient Christian Church, prayers of intercession were read. The prayers to St. Mammas, the third century Christian Martyr, who is the patron saint of animals were said, and all animals present were blessed with Holy Water and received a collar tag with a cross on it.
St. Mary Magdalene Parish is grateful for overwhelming response and love that came from our community.
“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we give Glory to God that we had such a wonderful turnout for our fourth annual Pet Blessing and Prayers for Pet Owners, through the intercessions of St. Mammas,” Reverend Father Gabriel Bilas said.