FRANCISCO-fact: Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 3rd @ 5pm on the Front Lawn

PHOTO Carol Harrison Photography

What are we going to do about blessing our animals and celebrating the Feast of St Francis, our patronal feast day this year? There is a two-part answer to this question.

The first part addresses the Patronal Feast:  

On Sunday, October 3, 2021, we will use the Proper liturgy for the Feast of St. Francis at the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services. St. Francis’s calendar date is October 4. So, according to the permission set forth in the in the Book of Common Prayer, we are transferring that date to a convenient Sunday. There will be a baptism on that day, as well. So, plan to be at the church as we remember the example set by the saint from Assisi.

For the blessing of the animals:

We will observe that service at 5:00 PM on October 3 with our animal friends joining us in the field in front of the church where the cross is stationed. The service will be shorter and involve a reading from the Bible, a reading of prayers, and a blessing of the animals (house pets, barnyard animals, birds, reptiles, and stuffies.) This is a great opportunity to invite a friend, quadrupedal, bipedal, winged, or finned.


Sunday, October 3, 2021,

8:00 AM Eucharist,

10:00 AM Baptism and Eucharist, and

5:00 PM Blessing of the Animals.

See you at St. Francis!

Published by fr.david

Rector of St. Francis Church. Adopted son of the Old Dominion--Hampden-Sydney loving, Red Sox supporting, Burkean.

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