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Blessing of Animals

By Joe Duty | Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Pet blessing ceremonies were held earlier this month at the Episcopal Church of Wise County in Decatur and Ascension and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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Rocky patiently waits for his turn and then holds his eyes shut tight as the Rev. Tony Hiatt, with the Episcopal Church of Wise County, issues the blessing. Shelby Hrbacek, Rocky’s human, is also pictured. This event was held in conjunction with the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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A dog seems to smile as the Rev. Keith Roberson, with St. Mark’s, scratches him behind the ears after the blessing. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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