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St. Francis Blessing of the Animals

21818944366_6313ecb732_zIt’s been a longstanding tradition here at St. Mark’s to honor St. Francis Day (October 4th) by blessing animals at the 10AM Sunday Eucharist. It’s a fun day where cats hiss, hair flies, and hounds sometimes join in on the singing!

And, it’s also a day when we remember a remarkable saint who saw all parts of Creation as our brothers and sisters, and who preached to the birds when people wouldn’t listen.

One of the abiding quotes attributed to St. Francis is “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.” So often, it’s our pets who do this evangelical work, showing us what unconditional love looks like. On this day we bring our pets to receive a blessing, and to remember what a blessing they are to us.

…The 8AM Eucharist is pet-free…And, if you don’t have a companion animal, you’re welcome to bring a stuffed animal from your collection!