Blessing of the Animals
October 2, 2011
On a Sunday on or near the feast of St. Francis we hold a service to bless the animals. This year we will hold this service on Sunday October 2, 2011. St. Francis of Assisi feast day is officially observed on October 4th. He is identified as a humble servant of Christ who willingly took a vow of poverty. He is also known for his great love and concern for all of God’s creation. It is fitting that on his feast day we would give God thanks for the blessings of His creation. This is a time when we can pray for the care and safety of God’s creatures, who are a gift from God. We recognize the blessings that our animals bring to us and pray for God’s care over His creatures. We also remember our charge to care for the creation that the Lord has given us stewardship over. This is a time to not only celebrate our own pets but of the Lord’s magnificent handiwork in all of creation.
After the 10:30am service we will gather on the West side of the church, under the tents. All animals are welcome and each will be prayed over individually.