St Luke’s Taroona


All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing, Alleluia!

The words of this inspiring hymn of St Francis opened the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ held at St Luke's Taroona on September 30.

Alleluia? What does that word mean? Some folk had not really thought about that so we came up with a definition:

Three cheers for our God who loves us!

This beautiful word took us right through the service to the last ‘Amen.’

What a service it was!

It was the 15th in our string of annual Blessings at St Luke’s, but with a lapse of five years since the last one, there were doubts about the viability of beginning again, particularly in this year of parish review, and the closure of one of our churches.

Nevertheless, we decided to go ahead, to reopen an avenue of future outreach in the wider community when our new incumbent begins ministry with us in the new year. A team came together, and preparations began two months ago.

81 people and an assortment of pets including a big St Bernard and a tiny Shih Tzu in a tutu packed our small church. Hutchins School Chaplain the Revd Lee Weissel represented St Francis and took part in the Blessing.

Erna Brigg




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 man dressed as St Francis in brown robe, patting two Labrador dogs on leads held by woman blue shirt

tiny dog dressed in frilly pink and white tutu

Photos: Hilary Smith