Blessing of the Animals

 Photo special to The Record.

Ichabod, an American Saddlebred, was sprinkled with holy water by Father Gary Padgett during a blessing of animals at St. James Church in the Highlands Oct. 6. Ichabod was flanked by his owner Samantha Hegstrom, left, and Pip Hines, right. Parishes hold animal blessings near the Oct. 4 feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

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