Pet Blessing

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  1. North Carolina Tentmaker

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    I was just listening to the local radio station and the Catholic Church in town has announced that they will have a “pet blessing” this Sunday. Just bring your pets down to the church and the priest will bless them. Now we live in the mountains and bear season is coming up, but I never heard of blessing a pet let alone a church wide “pet blessing.” Is this something they do other places?
     
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    Yes, this is a common celebration amongst many Catholics.

    In the Catholic church, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals. In celebration the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, on October 4, annual pet blessings are going on all over the place.

    Read this link for a further explanation of why this takes place.

    http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Francis/default.asp
     
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    The Church of England also has an annual blessing of the pet service..Animals are God's gift to humanity also. Why not bless them?

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    It is as about as stupid as a church here that has a biker's Sunday and the pastor annoints the bikes with oil.

    And it's a Baptist church
     
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    Now that's a smart Baptist Church, blessing the bikes so that they stay running and safe. Everything should be given a blessing once in a while. It helps to keep evil and sin away.
     
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    :thumbs: :applause: Bravo Zulu Jim. It's nice to see some intelligent comments here.
     
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    Explain how sin can cause a bike to stop running? A bike doesn't need a "blessing" (supernatural favor from God)...it needs a good mechanic. The mechanic could use the blessing, however...
     
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    The local Methodist church had a pet blessing a few years back.
    Can't see anywhere in scripture we're told to do this.
     
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    You truely are a lost pup. You are selling God and his Scriptures short.

    Maybe you need to read the bible some more about relics.

    The lady that got healed by merely touching the bottom edge of Jesus's robe. The robe is just like the motorcyle. God can pour his healing and protective power over any article.

    The use of the bones of Elisha brought a dead man to life: "So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. And as a man was being buried, lo, a marauding band was seen and the man was cast into the grave of Elisha; and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood on his feet" (2 Kgs. 13:20-21). This is an unequivocal biblical example of a miracle being performed by God through contact with the relics of a saint!

    Similar are the cases of the woman cured of a hemorrhage by touching the hem of Christ’s cloak (Matt. 9:20-22) and the sick who were healed when Peter’s shadow passed over them (Acts 5:14-16). "And God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them" (Acts 19:11-12).

    If these aren’t examples of the use of relics, what are? In the case of Elisha, a Lazarus-like return from the dead was brought about through the prophet’s bones. In the New Testament cases, physical things (the cloak, the shadow, handkerchiefs and aprons) were used to effect cures.

    I REMEMBER AS A CHILD IN MY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, THERE WERE A LOT OF WOMEN THA HAD HUSBANDS THAT WERE DIE-HARD SINNERS. THE WOMEN WOULD BRING A HANKERCHIEF TO A SERVICE. IT WOULD BE ANNOINTED WITH OIL AND THEN PRAYED OVER(BLESSED). THE WOMEN WOULD THEN TAKE IT HOME A PLACE IT UNDER THE FITTED SHEET WHERE THE HUSBAND'S UPPER BODY WOULD BE OR PLACE IT INSIDE THE PILLOW CASE. THEY DID THIS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED IN THE TRANSFERRENCE OF GOD'S POWER FROM PRAYER TO HANKERCHIEF AND ULTIMATELY TO THE HUSBAND, THAT HE MAY SEEK GOD.

    Please don't sell short the power of God to effect the physical things in our life.
     
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    How sad. You are equating the power of healing to the physical elements themselves...and you call me the lost pup? I pray that you turn from your RC ways and put you whole faith in Christ. :tear:
     
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    And I can't see anywhere in scripture were we're told NOT to do this.
     
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    The great "argument from silence" techinque....:BangHead:

    While we're at it, I don't see anywhere in Scripture we are told NOT to stand on your head during worship service. I think I'll give it a try this Sunday...
     
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    Satan and his angels are everywhere, there are very few limits and boundaries for them. A few years ago, my Ignorant fundamentalist parents gave me a KJV study bible. They annointed it with oil and blessed it. You have a problem with blessing a Bible as well?
     
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    Yes I do. It's God's Word, it needs no "blessing" (supernatural favor FROM God). I'm starting to think you don't know what "blessing" really means.
     
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    And I can't find in the Bible where we are to put a decorated tree duing Christmas either, but we do it anyway. And I don't see in the Bible where you are told to set up Nativity sets either for christmas but you do that anyway.
     
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    Well why don't you tell me since you think you really know.
     
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    The Bible is God's Word. At least you got that part right. You think that because a piece of paper has scripture inspired by God on it, it is already blessed? Do you think God pours his spirit onto each Bible as it comes off the assembly line. I don't find this in the Bible.
     
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    Well, it does seem a little unusual to me, but I do think it's different than blessing motorbikes.

    They aren't asking for the salvation of the animals or any healing of them.

    Here's the prayer. Make up your own mind of its worth.

    "Blessed are You, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth the fish in the sea, birds in the air, and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. Bu the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise You for Your beauty in creation. Blessed are You, Lord our God, in all Your creatures! Amen."
     
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    I could care less about any RCC prayer for pets. What I do care about is stupid mentality that God does not affect physical things.

    Before you reply again with stupid comments go read these passages:

    2 Kgs. 13:20-21 about Eisha's bones.

    Matt. 9:20-22 about the Cloak of Jesus.

    Acts 5:14-16 Peter's shadow healed people.

    Acts 19:11-12 11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

    You don't believe in "Annointed Prayer Cloths"?
     
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