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Pets from dogs to hamsters and fish were blessed this afternoon in a ceremony a St. Marks Episcopal Church in Evanston.

A dog waits for his blessing.

Pets from dogs to hamsters and fish were blessed this afternoon in a ceremony a St. Marks Episcopal Church in Evanston.

The annual ceremony, in the St. Francis of Assisi garden at the church on Ridge Avenue, drew a couple dozen parishoners and nearly as many pets on a chilly and overcast day.

In addition to the blessing from the Rev. Debra Bullock, the dogs got a doggie biscuit, and the owners got a certificate and a medal to commemorate the occasion.

Similar ceremonies are planned for Sunday at St. Matthew’s and St. Luke’s Episcopal Churches in Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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