Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester, held its annual "Blessing of the Animals" Sunday morning on the front lawn of the parish hall. A wide range of animals were brought in to receive blessings, including feathered creatures, cats, dogs, a horse and more. Here, "Sticks" the horse receives a blessing from Ware Episcopal Church’s rector, Peter Worthington, while owner Robin Kalbrener looks on. The service included hymns, prayer and scripture reading. In addition, each animal received its own special blessing. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.