Blessing of the Animals, October 7
When? This Sunday afternoon, October 7, at 3:30, we will observe the lesser feast of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is October 4, with a Liturgy of Blessing of the Animals.
Why bless animals on this day? St. Francis was said to have affinity for animals and all creation. There are stories of him preaching to flocks of birds and taming a wolf who was terrorizing a town.
But more importantly, this short service is a recognition of how much our pets bless US every day. Their devotion to us is an inspiration of how we can be more loving and true in our relationships with each other and with God.
Who’s invited? All animals, stuffed animals, or photos of animals that are or have been dear to you, and the people who belong to those animals! Pets either need to be on leashes or in pet carriers. If your pet can’t easily come to the service, you can bring a photo of your pet.
What will we do? We will have a brief liturgy, we will bless our animal friends, and we will have a brief snack afterward. There is a rumor that there will be a goat!