Blessing the Animals

Fiesta of St Anthony the Abbot, Fuencaliente, La Palma, Canary Islands
January 17th is the fiesta of San Antonio Abad (St. Anthony the Abbot) in Fuencaliente, and at midday the priest holds a special, traditional service to bless the animals in the church square. I was curious, so a few years ago, I went.

I didn’t know whether to expect pets or farm animals, but there were both. At twelve promptly, the priest came out, gave a short sermon on looking after your animals, said a prayer, and then sprinkled the animals with holy water.

When the cat got wet, he said something you don’t expect to hear in church, but everyone else seemed happy.

Members of the congregation

Kid and donkey at the fiesta of St Anthony the Abbot, Fuencaliente, La Palma, Canary Islands Terrapins at the fiesta of St Anthony the Abbot, Fuencaliente, La Palma, Canary Islands
Ferret at the fiesta of St Anthony the Abbot, Fuencaliente, La Palma, Canary Islands Cat at the fiesta of St Anthony the Abbot, Fuencaliente, La Palma, Canary Islands
Little girl at the fiesta of St Anthony the Abbot, Fuencaliente, La Palma, Canary Islands Pet Duck at the fiesta of St Anthony the Abbot, Fuencaliente, La Palma, Canary Islands

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