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Duke Chapel to Hold Blessing of Animals Oct. 3
Editor's Note: Photographers and videographers are asked to be careful not to disrupt the service.
Durham, N.C. - Duke Chapel will hold the Blessing of Animals service on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. The service, to be held on the quad in front of the Chapel, is open to the public and all well-mannered pets are invited.
The rain date for the service is the following Sunday, Oct. 10.
This year's event includes a performance by the Durham Children's Choir and information booths staffed by local animal protection and welfare groups.
The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year on the Sunday in October closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis. Duke Chapel has hosted a Blessing of Animals since 1989, a worship tradition made notable by the camels and other circus animals blessed each year at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
Last year, Duke Chapel ministers blessed animals ranging from hamsters to horses.
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