8th annual blessing of the animals held in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Horses grazed on the front lawn at Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield during the annual blessing of the animals.

This was the 8th consecutive year Pastor John Mueller invited animal lovers to bring their pets to the outdoor service.

Pastor Mueller told 22News why he considers the animal service so significant. “It’s really an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the gift of animals in our lives, so for many people it’s pets. And so the people bring their pets and we use it to remind us of the gift of all animals.”

The Whispering Horse Therapeutic Riding Center brought its animals to the service, as did the T.J. O’Connor Animal Adoption Center along with Urban Wildlife of Springfield. But mostly individuals brought their pets for Pastor Mueller’s blessing.

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