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Blessing of animals at Grace Cathedral honors SF’s patron saint

A procession of clergy draped in purple cloaks and a white-robed choir of about 40 children and adults strolls through Grace Cathedral Sunday morning. A stuffed animal wiener dog sits in the crook of the leader of procession’s bent elbow, as the choir sings “The Gathering,” which calls on “all creatures of God and King” to “lift up your voices.” A chocolate labradoodle in the third row obliges — interrupts really — with intermittent yelps, as does a husky and a responsive fur critter in the back.
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