MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Humans and their pets are invited to gather in front of the United Methodist Church Sunday morning for its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony.
Accompanied by choral music led by church music director Darron McNutt, the service will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the pumpkin patch and feature an inspirational message by Rev. Karen Burger and prayers by Saint Francis.
The highlight of Sunday's service at the Main Street church will be the blessing of the animals. In addition to all varieties of pets, children are allowed to bring their favorite stuffed animals to be blessed, and those in the community who have a deceased pet may bring a photo and light a memorial candle.
“This is my first time blessing animals here in Mount Kisco. I have enjoyed doing so in other communities,” said Burger, who joined the church in July.
The blessing of the animals service will take place indoors in the case of inclement weather. The church reminds owners to make sure dogs are leashed at all times.