A Goldfish was blessed to mark World Animal Day.
A Goldfish received a blessing from a Catholic priest in an Amsterdam church to mark World Animal Day. The fish was joined in her blessing by a Canary, a Guinea Pig, a handful of Cats and more than two dozen Dogs.
In a ceremony that was sometimes touching and often comical, Rev. Pierre Valkering led his congregation in songs and prayers — frequently interrupted by meowing and yapping from the pews — before the blessing took place.
The Goldfish received the first blessing and appeared very much in her element as Valkering sprinkled her with holy water.
St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals on whose feast day World Animal Day is held, was the inspiration for the service — a seven-year-old tradition in Amsterdam.
Posted: October 10, 2007, 2 a.m. EST
I found this article posted at FishChannel.com; not very recent as you can see by the post date, but I have gotten so many inquiries about it EVER SINCE that I finally had to RELEASE A STATEMENT.
Our field operative, a Goldfish who prefers to be NAMELESS on this site, wants to reassure all aquatic- and land-fish everywhere that the ceremony was PERFECTLY SERIOUS, and so was the priest involved. Many other priests tagged for this duty could not be compelled to sprinkle holy water on ONE OF US and were relieved of the honor. WE FULLY REALIZE that the very idea of blessing a non-human FLIES IN THE FACE OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE, but St. Francis remains a remarkably powerful guy in the Monkey heirarchy. And he was one of those zany animal lovers. He's proved to be a much better "in" than even the Grand Guignol with his Fish bell, who has been largely forgotten today. Monkeys have VERY SHORT MEMORIES, especially when it comes to US.
I also need to respond to the angry cards and letters demanding to know why we would need, or want, the blessing of a Shaved Monkey in a dress. WE DON'T. That's the short answer. But let me expand on that. IT NEVER HURTS to do a little tunnel-digging between our sphere and theirs. And you really do need to do the DAMNEDEST THINGS to bring in new recruits sometimes. The Catholics have been a tough nut to crack ALL ALONG because of their queasy relationship with the FISH KINGDOM. Only these people can manage to EAT US WEEKLY, AS PART OF THEIR RELIGIOUS PRACTICE, and still not see the value of our contribution. I say, DO WHAT WORKS.
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