Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 8 | 9 a.m. | Courtyard
You save humans and animals alike, O Lord. Psalm 36:6
God has blessed us with pets of all species, shapes, and sizes. These pets are our constant companions and they provide us with unconditional love. God created them. We invite you to join us as we celebrate, honor, and bless the wonderful pets we hold so dear.

The Blessing of the Animals is a religious tradition recognized across the world in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who started the practice about 800 years ago. Our service will be held in the courtyard and will include the singing of “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” a litany, and individual blessings over animals and their families.

Pets who attend should be well-behaved around other animals and humans. We also ask that dogs be kept on a leash, cats in protective carriers, birds, and other small mammals in cages and various amphibians and reptiles in terrariums.  All are encouraged to invite their friends and family to the blessing. The church staff will assist you with digital photos of your pet’s blessing.