The Blessing of the Animals

Bring your beloved animals for an outdoor program and blessing at NSLM! The event will include an ecumenical service and blessing with Fr. Gene LeCouteur of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Dogs, cats, gerbils, fish, horses, polo teams, livestock, hounds, teddy bears, all people and all creatures great and small are welcome! The service and blessing are ecumenical, people of all faiths are encouraged to attend.

  • Difficult for your animal to attend? Bring a collar, halter, or photo
  • Impractical to bring your entire pack, herd, stable, or team for blessing?  Bring one or two to receive blessing for your whole group.
  • All animals MUST be on leash, lead, bridle, or in a carrier of some kind
  • All animals MUST be up to date on tests and vaccinations
  • Parking is free, please call ahead if you are bringing a trailer

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Anne Marie Paquette, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator,, 540 687 6542 x25


  • Wednesday through Sunday
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact Us

  • Address: 102 The Plains Road,
    Middleburg, VA 20117

  • Mailing Address: PO Box 1335, Middleburg, VA 20118

  • Phone: (540) 687-6542

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