Blessing of the Animals

Join us on Sunday, October 13th, at 4pm in the Courtyard for a Blessing of the Animals.  Any animals are welcome, including snakes and lizards.  For the safety and ease of all animals, please have dogs leashed and cats in carriers.  There will be sweet treats for humans and animals alike.

Episcopalians celebrate the Blessing of the Animals on a Sunday close to the Feast of St. Francis, which falls on Oct. 4. St. Francis of Assisi was well known for his love of animals. Stories tell of him preaching to flocks of birds, dissuading mosquitoes from biting him and even convincing a wolf to stop stalking humans and livestock in Gubbio, Italy, where he once lived. At the Blessing of the Animals, people remember and emulate Francis’ example of love for animals and appreciation of God’s creations. – Teresa Bergen