Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh which is famous for its association with Greyfriars Bobby invites all animal lovers to bring their pets to the church for a special blessing as they once again will be hosting their annual pet blessing service.
Greyfriars Bobby, the legendary dog faithfully guarded his owner’s grave for an astounding 14 years. There will be a parade of the animals around the Kirkyard after the service. Edinburgh Interfaith Association will also be taking part in the event
Sue MacGregor, from Greyfriars, has organized the event scheduled to be held this coming Sunday by 3 p.m. at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.
“I am delighted to be creating our service which coincides with Unesco World Animal Day and the Feast of St Francis, she said.
“It will be great to see folk from all walks of life along with their pets, and to welcome interfaith representatives as we celebrate the world’s value and diversity together.”
This marks Rev Dr. Richard Frazer’s final pet blessing ceremony at Greyfriars, as he will be retiring from his position as the parish minister later this year.
Speaking to the Press Association, Rev Frazer highlighted the importance of animals in our lives, underscoring their ability to alleviate loneliness and stress, and offer deep companionship.
He said: “For many, the presence of animals is one of the great blessings of life, overcoming loneliness, reducing stress, and providing profound companionship.
“Visitors to our church are often drawn to the qualities of love, loyalty, and companionship found in the story of Greyfriars Bobby, which is a lovely thing to celebrate and honor.
“The pet blessing is an opportunity for people to express their gratitude, not just for the pets they have but for the idea that we share life with plants and animals, reminding us of our duty of care to the whole of creation.”
The legacy of Greyfriars Bobby however has been marked with a statue near the entrance to the graveyard, in a lasting tribute to his loyalty.