Buckhead’s Covenant Presbyterian Church will hold a special worship service and blessing of pets on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.

All are invited to bring their pets, which must be on a leash or confined inside a cage or crate.  The service will be held in the church’s parking lot at 2461 Peachtree Road.

Rev. Dr. Jill Ulrici, Covenant Presbyterian Church’s associate pastor, with husband Deryck Durston and their dog Honey in a photo from the church website.

“I love seeing everyone come together to give thanks for their pets and ask for God’s blessing on these beloved animals,” Rev. Dr. Jill Ulrici, the church’s associate pastor, said in a press release. “It’s a little noisy and a little messy, but that’s all part of the fun.  Although we always have a good number of dogs, cats, hamsters, fish and birds, there are always a few surprises. One year, I blessed a horse!”

According to a church press release, the tradition of blessing animals began in the Catholic Church as a way to honor St. Francis of Assisi on or near his feast day of Oct. 4.  The idea has spread into many other denominations, which have incorporated their own practices into the service and usually focus on blessing pets, the release said.

For more information, see covpresatlanta.org.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.