Blessing of the Animals
“All praise to you, O Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”
–Saint Francis of Assisi
Celebrated annually on or around the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Blessing of the Animals is a beloved tradition across many Christian denominations. In honor of St. Francis’ love of all of God’s creatures, people bring their pets, service animals, and even agricultural stock to church for a blessing. Consisting of a short prayer offered over each animal by the pastor, this blessing is a fun and joyful way to recognize the sacredness of our fellow creatures and to celebrate the ways we learn more about God’s love through our special bond with animals.
This year, PACC’s Blessing of the Animals will take place on Saturday, October 6 from 9am-11am under the beech trees along the Park Avenue side of the church. (Rain location: narthex just inside main church doors on Wollaston.) We’ll have cat and dog treats and water on hand, plus coffee and donuts for humans. All kinds of creatures are welcome – including pictures of animals that can’t make it in person. Call the church at 781.643-8680 with any questions.