In memory of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all animals, there are several upcoming ceremonies for the Blessing of the Animals in the Richmond Area. Dates and locations are below.
St. Francis authored a Canticle for the Creatures, in which he wrote, “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” He was a lover of all animals and felt that they have a true place in this world.
As pet owners and pet lovers, we know there is no other relationship like the one we share with our dogs and cats. How many of us depend on our dog or cat to make us feel better after a horrible day at work?
You will enjoy the chance to have your pet blessed on this special day. They will be welcomed with pet prayers, devoted to our furry friends:
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
Blessing of the Animals on September 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
8 North Laurel Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
This event is co-sponsored by the Richmond S.P.C.A. and they will bring their Tail Wag’N Adopt-a-Mobile. Join us for wonderful worship in the park and treats for the critters.
Blessing of the Animals on October 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
2900 Hanes Avenue
Richmond, VA 23222
All animals will receive a St. Francis medal.
Blessing of the Animals on December 13, 2013 at Noon
507 N. Boulevard, #20
Richmond, VA 23220
The Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad (FRMS) raise money with various events during the year. Join them for their Blessing of the Animals on December 13, 2013.