Blessing of the Animals
(rain date – the following day, same time)
Animal blessings are a common event this time of year. The following day, October 4th, is the traditional Feast Day for Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
At 5:30 pm, a short service will take place at the church’s gazebo, lasting around 5-10 minutes. A pet blessing will follow. You are invited to bring a family pet. Pastor Caleb has blessed show ponies, geckos, dogs, cats, hamsters, etc. in the past. Photos of your pets/livestock can be blessed in their ‘stead.’ Particularly energetic animals should be kept in a cage or on a leash.
Following the animal blessing, a short animal memorial will take place. Very often our pets are seen as members of the family, so during the memorial service, orange ribbons will be nailed to a nearby tree bearing the names of any lost pets. This tree will be our “Pet Memorial Tree.” Orange is the official color for animal rights or Humane Treatment of Animals.
Leave a Reply