A Service of Blessing of the Animals
We worship God with the creatures we love
Saturday, April 22
2 p.m. in the Parking Lot
The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or on a Sunday near that date. In the Scriptures, the act of blessing means ‘the imparting of power or life.’ The person performing the blessing is mediating that power from God or Christ to the person performing or the animal involved. To bless is more than an expression of goodwill and caring. To bless is to impart God’s power in person! The blessing of each animal, by name, means that health, healing and life are being mediated from God for the benefit of the animal in its relationship with its human partners. We celebrate our common kinship by blessing ALL animals–human and otherwise.
You are invited to bring animals, such as cats and dogs, or birds, reptiles and fish, domesticated or wild. Where you are not able to bring an animal, you may wish to bring a picture of an animal you love or an endangered species in the wild to receive an individual blessing and to worship with us at a church-wide pet fest. All animals must be on a lead or in a secure pen for the safety of other animals.
- Social time
- An event for children, adults and seniors
If you would like to join us, contact: Rev. Latha Ravi.