The tradition of blessing animals coincides with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Francis of Assisi was born into a rich family, but renounced his wealth and lived in poverty. He lived his life with a profound love and respect for all creatures, man and animals alike. He is said to have once stopped to deliver a sermon, including a blessing to a flock of wild birds, and also to have tamed a ferocious wolf that was threatening a nearby town.
On Tuesday, October 4, the Feast of Francis of Assisi, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church offered two opportunities to receive a blessing.
The first opportunity was a drive thru Blessing of the Animals offered from 2:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. Specifically designed to help fit into our busy lives, the blessing was given curbside. Pets and their owners could remain in the comfort and security of their vehicles.
All well behaved pets were invited to bring their owners for a blessing service inside the church at 7:00 p.m. , the Rev. Cynthia Garman presiding.
Those who had difficulty with crowds could be represented by photographs, leash, crate, cage, tank, halter, or bridle. We remembered all creatures who have made our lives special.
Donations of pet food were accepted and donated to Rochester Area Neighborhood House to help those within our community who are experiencing difficulties be able to provide for their pets.