Blessing of the Animals - HSS
Easter blessing came to all today. Pet owners gathered this Saturday for the 82-year-old tradition known as the Blessing of the Animals, hosted by the Olvera Street Merchants Association.
The day began at the El Pueblo Historical Monument with a procession though the merchants’ area. The blessings, given out by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, followed after.
The blessings are meant to remind us humans just how important animals are in our lives.
“The Gospel talks about humans being the caretakers of all creation,” Tamberg explained. “It’s a sign that these animals are of God’s creation.”
Aside from more common pets like dogs and cats, animal lovers were encouraged to bring their snakes, iguanas and whatever other exotic companions they may own to experience the prayer and holy water.