Bless me father, I'm an animal
THIS Sunday a Blessing of the Animals ceremony will take place at Murwillumbah's All Saints Anglican Church at 9am and owners of every animal, large or small, are invited to bring their companion along and have it blessed by Fr Bruce Slligo.
This is the seventh event of its type at the church and has attracted animals such as cats, dogs, chickens, guinea pigs and even worms.
Although small animals have been the norm until now, the church welcomes pets of all sizes and even elephants were invited in the past.
Animal reverence and blessings are some of the world's oldest rituals and can be traced back to ancient Roman religion and ceremonies which included the worship of natural objects such as trees and, to a small extent, animals.
October 4 is celebrated as World Animal Day and many churches use the date to bless animals and focus on the importance of animals to people's lives.