Blessing of the Animals: Oct. 4, 2015

Sunday, Oct. 4
animalblessing29 a.m.

Bring any and all of your pets to Trinity’s annual Blessing of the Animals service. Children are encouraged to bring a beloved stuffed animal.

Following the service, join us for a festive coffee hour to celebrate our four-legged companions. The Pet Pals program of University Hospitals and the Cleveland Animal Protective League will have tables during coffee hour. Outback Ray will be here with some of his snakes and furry friends! Kids and adults are welcome to touch and learn more about these exotic animals.

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.