These photos were taken at a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at Christ Church on Park Avenue in midtown of New York City, December of 2011. One day a year people take their pets to be blessed by the Church’s ministers. The ministers first bless the animals outside that are too big to come inside, then they bless the animals that fill the sanctuary. It goes back to how Jesus blessed the animals. It’s a very joyous occasion, at least for the pet owners. Anyway, it makes for an occasion for pet owners to get together and meet each other.
I think the NYC policeman was probably working, and while there, he thought he might as well get his horse blessed, but maybe I’m too cynical. He wouldn’t look at my camera, but he managed a peace sign.