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Author Topic: Dog given holy communion at Toronto church  (Read 2865 times)
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billyD
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« on: July 23, 2010, 09:26:11 AM »

It just takes one person to spoil a happy event

TORONTO - Donald Keith can't believe the fuss that has been made because his dog received holy communion.

Trapper - a Shepherd mix rescue dog - received the wafer that represents the body of Christ at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Toronto.

When Trapper received communion, Keith was a new member of the church, where pets are allowed.

"The minister welcomed me and said come up and take communion, and Trapper came up with me and the minister gave him communion as well. Then he bent his head and said a little prayer," Keith said.

"I thought it was a nice way to welcome me into the church," he said. "I thought it was acceptable.
 
"It was just one person who got his nose out of joint and went to the head of the Anglican Church,"

The church has since told Keith he and his dog are most welcome at the church but Trapper can no longer receive communion.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/07/22/14797756.html

 

 

 

 

 
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010, 09:45:05 AM »

Must be a human who maybe doesn't connect with pets very well, billyD.
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merrihart
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010, 10:10:44 AM »

But dogs are practically human, themselves!

Besides, where's the harm of it?  all dogs go to heaven.
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5CatMom
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2010, 11:21:42 AM »

Well, why not?  After all, "dog" spelled backwards is G-O-D.

All things bright and beautiful,
  All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
  The Lord God made them all.

--Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-1895
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010, 11:49:42 AM »

I have a very close friend who is a Lutheran pastor, who also gave Communion to a dog.

This pastor often visited elderly parishoners who were unable to get to church.  She sometimes gave these senior citizens Communion if they requested it.  Because she loves animals, she always carried dog treats and was in the habit of offering them to any dogs in the house (with the owner's permission, of course.)

A lady she had visited many times had a lovely golden retriever named Thor, who had received many dog cookies from the pastor.  One day, the elderly lady decided she wanted to receive Communion.

So my friend the pastor took out the Communion wafer, held it out as is the custom, and said, "The Body of Christ."

Whereupon Thor, used to receiving treats from the pastor, promptly stepped in and ate it.

Both my friend and her elderly parishoner dissolved in laughter.  When they caught their breath, my friend said, "I think this is cool, but please don't tell the bishop I gave Communion to a dog!  And a pagan dog (Thor) at that!"

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billyD
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2010, 12:56:01 PM »

That's a great story catbird
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2010, 12:58:00 PM »

Such a wonderful story catbird.
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2010, 01:01:39 PM »

 Grin Grin Grin Catbird, great story, makes you laugh and warms the heart, too!

I don't know why anyone objected to the dog getting communion Huh
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2010, 01:53:40 PM »

The issue would probably involve people who don't feel dogs/cats/other animals have
hearts, minds and spirits. Not a likely candidate to be a poster on Itchmo or see a pet
as a family member. I've seen all my pets want things other than food and give total affection to their human companions. I was very, very ill once and had a little calico cat whose fur knotted literally over night so badly that it had to be shaved off I've always thought from worry.
I've never forgotten that little calico and feel animals are one of the Lord's better creations
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2010, 01:18:25 PM »

3cat, very well stated. I'm far from having all the answers about existence and purpose, but I do feel that the existence of animals is as meaningful as our own.
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