Τετάρτη, 18 Ιανουαρίου 2012

Saint Anthony's day pet blessings......

Saint Anthony day : Saint Anthony's day pet blessings
Sunday best: hundreds of pet owners bring their animals to church on the day of St Anthony, Spain's patron saint of animals


Saint Anthony day : Saint Anthony's day pet blessings
Father Juan Manuel Villar blesses a visiting dog with holy water at San Anton church in the centre of Madrid


Saint Anthony day : Saint Anthony's day pet blessings
Another dog, wrapped up warmly, receives the holy water at San Anton church


Saint Anthony day : Saint Anthony's day pet blessings
Another dog at San Anton plays up for the camera while waiting his turn at the altar


Saint Anthony day : Saint Anthony's day pet blessings
All creatures great and small: a woman kisses her bird as they wait for mass in Madrid


Saint Anthony day : Saint Anthony's day pet blessings
A young girl cradles her turtle after getting it blessed at the church of San Anton


Saint Anthony day : Saint Anthony's day pet blessings
The blessings take place all over Spain. A rabbit waits its turn in Churriana, near Malaga


Saint Anthony day : Saint Anthony's day pet blessings
People queue up with pots to receive free stew - vegetarian, of course - after the blessing ceremony in Burgos

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