Blessing of the Animals: Oct. 6, 2013

animalblessing2Bring any and all of your pets to Trinity’s annual Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10:10 am. Weather-permitting the blessing will be held in the Trinity garden. In case of inclement weather, the blessing will take place in the piazza.

An indoor holding area for pets will be available—crated animals in one area; dogs in the other—so members may attend either the 9 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. services. We do ask that a responsible family member stay with the animal at all times as Trinity Cathedral is not responsible for your pet.

We use this day to celebrate all of creation through the prayers of St. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226), historically regarded as the patron saint of animals because of his deep affinity with nature. Born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone, this wealthy aristocrat desired a simpler life. Francis is known best for his preaching to birds and taming of wolves. Francis was made a saint in 1228 and the Franciscan holy order he established is still active today. Share this event on Facebook.