Ponies and pets, kiddies and sticky fingers are a fail-proof recipe for fun and happy memories which all happened on Sunday 3 September at our eighth annual St Mamas Pets Blessing which took place in the grounds of the Metropolis in Rondebosch.
Our prayers for sunshine were answered by St Mamas and the afternoon turned out to be a brilliant Spring day and was a resounding success.
We had a rather rowdy start to the proceedings with dogs getting to know each other but everyone soon settled down and we had a terrific time.
After lighting the candles and incense in front of the icon of Saint Mamas, His Eminence Archbishop Sergios and Pater Nikolaos welcomed everyone with a hymn and a prayer for animals. Then we all lined up to have our pets blessed by Pater Nikolaos who has a special knack of calming even the most wayward dogs!
Of course, Deanne Hathaway’s popular ponies were very much in demand as even the tiniest tots wanted to have a ride and Pepe’s fun lucky draws and prizes got the kids buzzing with excitement.
Yummy refreshments were served and finally it was time to wind down with the traditional marshmallow bonfire which is always very popular with the children.Everyone went home with pet goody bags and a special message from Saint Mamas to treasure our pets and help spread his example of goodwill to all living creatures.
See you next year!
By Pepe Sofianos.