Special Blessings

Same Sex Blessings

PrideFlag100409Now available at the Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan -as approved by the Diocese of British Columbia. One person in the couple must be baptised and couple must  already have a legal civil marriage. Please contact the Parish Office for more information: 250-746-6262.

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/bishop-of-bc-authorizes-same-sex-blessings-11371

 

House Blessings

House blessingAfter moving into a new home, some people hold a spiritual house warming! House blessings date back to the earliest days of Christianity and were held to ward off evil spirits.

Today we recognize the connection between hearth and altar and the sacredness of the places we inhabit as our dwelling place. In contemporary thinking, a house blessing is not about chasing away evil spirits. It is about a symbolic gesture demonstrating our living out of our faith.

During a house blessing, family and friends gather with the priest to offer thanksgiving and ask for blessings upon the new home. The group moves room to room through the house blessing it with the sprinkling of holy water and a variety of prayers.

The blessing usually concludes with a celebratory reception in the home. A house blessing speaks to the meaning of family and home and the importance of faith within one’s home.

Speak with Rev. Holland to determine how best to proceed with your house blessing.

Blessing of the Animals

blessing of the animalsEach year St. Peter’s holds a “Blessing of the Animals” service to commemorate St. Francis of Assisi. Francis loved all God’s creatures especially the furry, the feathered and the finned.

For many, the household pet is a true companion and family member and the relationship between pet and master is what sustains many who live alone.

Our next Blessing of the animals service will take place fall 2017.

Many people enjoy the opportunity to take their beloved pet to church and give thanks and ask for continued blessings. Others bring the ash remains of a deceased pet and blessings are offered in memory of the animal that is no longer.

Church is the sacred place where the bond of creation is celebrated and we at St. Peter’s celebrate the love we give and receive from our pets. Please Join us!

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless our pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”

All Pets