Positano, many in the churchyard for the traditional blessing of dogs on the occasion of the feast of San Vito

Positano, many in the churchyard for the traditional blessing of dogs on the occasion of the feast of San Vito

Positano, on the occasion of the solemnity of the patron saint San Vito this morning in the churchyard of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the traditional blessing of dogs was repeated, an event much awaited by all citizens.

Many citizens were present together with their four-legged friends who received the blessing from Don Adriano, parish priest in Piano di Montoro in the Parish of Saints John the Baptist, and San Nicola da Tolentino, who celebrated Holy Mass this morning.

But why is the figure of San Vito linked to man’s best friends? Legend has it that Diocletian tried multiple ways to hurt and torture Vito in multiple ways. In fact, it seems that among other things, he had thrown at him one or more dogs suffering from rabies. But, instead of being bitten, he healed them by associating his figure with the animal that is man’s best friend par excellence, the dog.