Blessing of cathedral pets to feature on BBC songs of praise

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WORCESTER Cathedral is set to feature in a BBC TV program later this year.

The annual All Creatures Great and Small service will appear on the BBC’s Songs of Praise programme.

The service is a blessing for the animals, and the community of Worcester and their pets are invited to attend.

The episode is filmed in September and is scheduled to air on television in October.

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A Worcester Cathedral spokesperson said: “We are delighted to invite the local community – and their animal friends – to our annual Pet Blessing Service on Friday September 16 at 5.30pm.

“This year is even more exciting as BBC Songs of Praise will join the party, filming a feature film for the program which will air on October 2 in an episode designed to celebrate and give thanks for the way animals can improve our lives.”

All creatures big and small are welcome at the event, with the BBC particularly interested in meeting Worcester locals with unusual pets.

The feature film on Songs of Praise will be hosted by the Reverend Kate Bottley, and the production team would be keen to speak to anyone with a story about how their pets have had a direct impact on their life and faith. Christian.

The service itself will be led by Canon John Paul Hoskins, Cantor at Worcester Cathedral.

Canon Hoskins said: “We are delighted to be able to hold our pet blessing service again this year.

“Animals make such a difference in our lives; they are part of our families, are there for us in good times and bad, and give us unconditional love.

“Many people greatly appreciate the company of a pet. And for those who have suffered and are grieving, pets can bring great comfort to their owners.

“We look forward to taking a moment to thank and congratulate all of our beloved animal companions.”

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The event is free but will require pre-booked tickets to allow Cathedral staff to manage capacity, starting at 5.30pm and lasting approximately 30 minutes.

To express your interest in being interviewed for Songs of Praise, book your tickets and email [email protected] with your story.

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