Many churches offer a “Blessing of the Animals” service on and around the Feast Day of St Francis, (October 4). It may seem surprising that animals can be blessed, but in the same way that we say “God bless you” when someone sneezes, when we say Grace before meals to bless our food, we can certainly bless something as significant as the beloved animals in our lives.
Among many other wonderful things, St. Francis was known for his love of animals and uncanny ability to connect with them. It is said that he treated animals with the utmost respect, love, and care. Legend has it that St. Francis even preached to the animals about God’s love and concern for them!
Our worship this coming Sunday, (September 26) will feature a “Pet Blessing” for the animal creatures in our lives. We’ve chosen to celebrate this on the front lawn of our church, rather than inside the sanctuary, so plan to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join us outdoors at 10am.