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« on: March 10, 2004, 12:42:25 AM »

So, how's the jaw?

Two more posts and you break one thousand.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2004, 03:05:24 AM »

ELDER Keble?

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2004, 07:57:44 AM »

Actually, yesterday I supposedly had the last step in the work. The tooth turned out to be very difficult and my regular dentist had damaged it a bit in trying to work on it, but the endo managed it and other than being a bit beat up today it seems to be fine, Deo gracias.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2004, 08:18:13 AM »

999 posts! Keble is such a tease!
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2004, 10:10:16 AM »

999 posts! Keble is such a tease!

I just knew he would do that!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2004, 11:46:58 AM »

Quick, someone make fun of the Anglicans! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2004, 02:06:49 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2004, 04:38:57 PM »

This should bring him out...

3/10/04 Wall St. J. A1
2004 WL-WSJ 56922419

The Wall Street Journal
(Copyright (c) 2004, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
 
Houses of Worship Are Reaching Out To a Flock of Pets
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Purr Box Goes to Communion At St. Francis Episcopal; A Group 'Bark Mitzvah'
By Elizabeth Bernstein

For the first time in 10 years, Mary Wilkinson went to church one Sunday in
January. She sat in a back pew at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford,
Conn., flipping through a prayer book and listening intently to the priest's
sermon.  What drew Ms. Wilkinson back into the fold was a new monthly program
the church introduced -- Holy Communion for pets. As part of the service, the
59-year-old retired portfolio manager carried her 17-year-old tiger cat to the
altar, waited in line behind three panting dogs to receive the host and had a
special benediction performed for her cat, Purr Box Jr. "I like that the other
  parishioners are animal people," Ms. Wilkinson says.

With pews hard to fill, a small number of otherwise-traditional clergy are
welcoming animals into the flock. Some are creating pet-friendly worship
services, while others have started making house calls for sick animals. Some
are starting to accompany pet owners to the vet when they euthanize a beloved
pet Occasionally, clergy are even officiating at pet funerals and group "bark
mitzvahs." Congregants at temple Beth Shir Sholom, in Santa Monica, Calif.,
have an animal prayer sung to the tune of "Sabbath Prayer," a song from
"Fiddler on the Roof": "May our God protect and defend you May God always
shield you from fleas."

All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has doubled attendance at
its Sunday evening service since it began last summer to invite pets once a
month. It wanted to attract people who walked their dogs on the church
grounds. "We call it evangelism," says Rector Sherod Mallow. "It's opening your
doors to the different needs of the community."

Pet services are aiming to draw in the elderly, many of whom rely on pets as
their only companions, and people who have strayed from religion because it no
longer seemed relevant. The effort is part of a larger movement among houses of
  worship to attract worshipers by offering amenities considered important to
modern lives. In recent years, churches and synagogues have added everything
from in-house Starbucks cafes and sports clubs to special worship services for
children and singles.

Churches such as Manhattan's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine have long
held annual services to bless everything from rabbits to elephants Catholics
have long revered Saint Francis as a protector of animals.

Rabbi Isaac Jeret, of Temple Emanu-El, in Palm Beach, Fla., recently took that
tradition to a new level when he began making house calls to ailing animals.
Noticing the popularity of animal benedictions in churches, Rabbi Steven Fink
of Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore organized a similar event for his own
worshipers last May. More than 100 owners and their animals showed up,
including guinea pigs and a king snake. "It touched people who saw the temple
as not relevant to their lives," says the rabbi, who is planning a second pet
blessing in May.

Helping the trend along: the $30 billion pet-products industry, which is
marketing spirituality in new ways. After pet gravestones became one of its
five most-requested products, Petco introduced memorial stones in 2002.
  Customer requests also prompted the company to start carrying kosher dog food
and Hanukkah treats last year. Hallmark, which annually ships 500,000 pet
sympathy cards, introduced several with spiritual imagery last year. One
features a drawing of a little bear with wings and a halo flying up to heaven
and the line "Such a sweet little soul could never be forgotten."

Skylight Paths just published a book called "What Animals Can Teach Us About
Spirituality." "Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken's Soul,"
(Lantern Books) contains prayers for all sorts of creatures, including
insects. (One prayer: "Peace and compassion prevails on Earth for our tiny
brothers and sisters everywhere.") Pet boutiques, such as Miami Beach's Dog
Bar, carry plush toy dreidels, Stars of David and St. Christopher pendants for
collars, and kosher pet food (production supervised by a rabbi).

For devout pet lover Kathleen Eickwort, of Ocala, Fla., these developments are
welcome. When her dog, Sarge, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in June,
she made religion a part of his treatment. In addition to chemotherapy, Sarge
received a 20-minute visit from the rector of Ms. Eickwort's Episcopal church,
who touched him and prayed for his recovery. Sarge also went to church twice.
Now, his cancer is in remission. "There is no reason why prayer healing
shouldn't work for animals," says Ms. Eickwort.

Last summer, a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford began
bringing her King Charles Spaniel on Sunday mornings; soon, several other
attendees were regularly bringing their dogs. "They felt that they would be
welcomed, because we have long had a blessing of the animals," says Frank
Baker, the church's former treasurer.

Not everyone at St. Francis was happy to share the pews with furry creatures.
One longtime congregant sent an e-mail to the church saying that his son-in-law
suffered an allergy attack because of the animals. The parishioner, who won't
allow his name to be used for fear of backlash from the "animal people," warned
that dogs at the after-church coffee hour might bite children eating cookies.

In response to the concerns, the clergy created the monthly pet-friendly
service, similar to the one at All Saints in Fort Lauderdale that they had read
about in an Episcopal newspaper. "We thought we could bring people in," says
the Rev. Mark Lingle.

The new service, introduced in November, is abbreviated, with readings tailored
to animal lovers. At the recent service that Purr Box Jr. attended, Rev. Lingle
read a psalm about a ram, prayed for "all creatures everywhere" and
  individually blessed each animal in attendance.

Oliver, a 7-month-old Clumber Spaniel, chewed through his leash and took off
after a red cardinal he spotted outside the window while Enoki, an 8-year-old
black cocker spaniel, growled. Rev. Lingle took the commotion in stride,
grabbing a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Nature's Miracle after the
service and inspecting the altar for drool while pets and their owners milled
about. "For a lot of people, the relationships they have with their pets are
central to their lives," he says. "They like to be in a place that recognizes
and honors that."

Mary Wilkinson was happy that she had brought Purr Box Jr. in to be blessed for
his digestive problems. Now, she says she plans to come back each month,
rotating her 11 other cats.
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2004, 05:02:31 PM »

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2004, 05:34:30 PM »

[Houses of Worship Are Reaching Out To a Flock of Pets ]

And then here in the west they can't understand why Patriarch Alexi as well as the Orthodox Hierach in 'eastern europe' don't want the western 'proseltyzers' in!

THREE CHEERS FOR PATRIARCH ALEXI!!!!

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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2004, 07:16:41 PM »

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Rev. Lingle took the commotion in stride, grabbing a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Nature's Miracle after the service and inspecting the altar for drool while pets and their owners milled about.

This is an abomination. The ALTAR??? :- 'Lord have mercy' is right...
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2004, 07:58:48 PM »

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Holy Communion for pets.

Surely the bottom has been reached.

The end has come.

Surely that can't be true?

Can it?
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2004, 03:45:35 AM »

You just made that up didn't you David.

Didn't you?

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Keble, your current post count makes you the upside down antichrist Grin

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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2004, 10:58:19 AM »

Do they use the standard communion wafers for communing the animals?
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2004, 11:12:18 AM »

While blessing animals and caring about them are good, I agree some of these gimmicks go too far and go against the objectivity of real liturgical worship. But to be fair I didn't read anything about attempting to give them the Sacrament! The reporter either made a bad choice of words or was being sensationalistic.

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Let's try that again.

While blessing animals and caring about them are good, I agree some of these gimmicks go too far and go against the objectivity of real liturgical worship. But to be fair I didn't read anything about attempting to give them the Sacrament! The reporter either made a bad choice of words or was being sensationalistic.
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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2004, 01:44:37 PM »

Let's try that again.

While blessing animals and caring about them are good, I agree some of these gimmicks go too far and go against the objectivity of real liturgical worship. But to be fair I didn't read anything about attempting to give them the Sacrament! The reporter either made a bad choice of words or was being sensationalistic.


I hope you're right, Serge.

He did write "Holy Communion for pets," however, which shocked me.

Hopefully, the reporter made a mistake and is using the term "Holy Communion" as the equivalent of "Sunday service" or some such thing.

I wonder, though.

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Hopefully, the reporter made a mistake and is using the term "Holy Communion" as the equivalent of "Sunday service" or some such thing.

That's my guess.

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I wonder, though.

You never know.

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« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2004, 05:00:41 PM »

Here is a message from the Episcopal parish in question.  I don't think from the press release that they're giving the eucharist to the pets, but allowing the parishoners to bring pets with them when they receive the Eucharist so that the pet can receive a blessing.  



SUNDAY AFTERNOON EUCHARIST
WITH OUR PETS
ST FRANCIS' EPISCOPAL CHURCH, STAMFORD, CT
Monthly on the third Sunday of the month at 4pm

The next service will be March 21, 2004 at 4 pm.
 
 
Starting this past November 9th, St. Francis began a very Franciscan thing. A once a year Blessing of the Animals is not really enough to show our love for God's critters. Once a month is more like it! So once a month at 4pm on the third Sunday of the month in the new church (2810 Long Ridge Road, North Stamford, CT. Follow this link for directions) we will celebrate a Rite III Eucharist for you and all your pets. And don't worry about barks and meows and squeaks and peeps and whines and loud purrs or ferocious growls . . . those are simply the prayer noises of your beloved pets. The schedule of upcoming services is as follows: March 21, April 18, May 16, and June 20. See you there!

St. Francis Episcopal Church is one of few Episcopal churches in Connecticut to offer a monthly Communion service for animal lovers AND their pets. “We may be the first,” comments the Rev. Richard. E, Mayberry, Rector of St. Francis Church. “I am sure we won’t be the last! This is certainly the only such service in Stamford.”

Rev. Mayberry explains how it came about. “Several of our parishioners had been bringing their pets to our Sunday morning services from time to time, but we were getting a little concerned about other parishioners’ allergies. We hold a highly popular Blessing of the Animals each October which is attended by people from all over Fairfield County - one lady last year brought her five cats from Milford - so we thought why not have a pet-friendly service more often? Our two ‘pilot’ services were so well-received; the service is now part of our church calendar.”

Mayberry continues, “The monthly communion service is much the same as our regular Sunday service, except that our four-legged friends can come along too and receive a blessing. For many people, their pets are more like family members than animals, and we want to help them celebrate these special relationships.”

St. Francis' patron saint is St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The church has been observing the Feast of St. Francis for over 20 years with its annual Blessing of the Animals, which this year will be on October 3 at 3.00 p.m.
 
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Here is a message from the Episcopal parish in question.  I don't think from the press release that they're giving the eucharist to the pets, but allowing the parishoners to bring pets with them when they receive the Eucharist so that the pet can receive a blessing.

That's what I got from actually reading the article.
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« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2004, 05:37:23 PM »

Yah, I just wanted to verify, as someone thought I was making the article up.
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« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2004, 12:27:14 AM »

Well, we must have been too nice. Either that or Keble is enjoying his pain-killers a little too much to post that 1,000th post.
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« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2004, 10:35:07 AM »

Oh, surely it will take more then a cat blessing to make Keble post for the 1000th time...  He is of stronger stuff, Young Jedi....  Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2004, 11:54:00 PM »

Oh, surely it will take more then a cat blessing to make Keble post for the 1000th time...  He is of stronger stuff, Young Jedi....  Grin Grin Grin

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Yes, but harping on the Anglicans is so five minutes ago.

We've done that scene and have moved on.

We need to come up with a new way to motivate Keble to post his way into elderdom.

Perhaps a libelous attack or two on the University of Maryland?  Wink
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« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2004, 12:24:03 AM »

The Terps beat Duke today... "Fear the Turtle"

(I don't make these things up, I just report them.  That is a bumper sticker slogan around here.)

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« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2004, 12:31:08 PM »

Yes, they beat them, and that created such a racket it took me forever to get home Sunday night (partying & burning stuff in the streets).
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« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2004, 01:45:39 PM »

I heard they were thinking of changing their team name to the "Twerps" but couldn't get Kerry, Dean, and Edwards to serve as mascots.
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No such mascots could possibly replace "Testudo the Terrapin"  he's much more sagacious then they.  <grin>

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