Blessing of Animals

139It is amazing to me, that when it comes to St. Francis, he belongs to almost every denomination and  a notice for  the blessing of animals can  found on many church signs, regardless of what “church”  it is …

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As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd.

A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.

This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

feast of Saint Francis Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.

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