Each year people all over the world celebrate the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi on the 4th of October. It is customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of the Animals. Every year, millions of animals are blessed by priests in a ceremony that touches the hearts of most of those in attendance.
As part of the annual celebration of the Feast of St Francis and in observance of World Animal Day (Wednesday, 4 October), St George’s Cathedral will be holding a Blessing of Animals service on Sunday, 8 October. Some of our rescued dogs looking for their forever families will be attending the service. We will meet in the Cloister area at 9:15am and the service will begin promptly at 9:30am.
This year children are encouraged to come dressed in animal costumes representing an animal species that is close to their hearts. All creatures great and small – furry, finned and feathered – are warmly welcomed to this service of thanksgiving to celebrate the feast day of St Francis of Assisi and to give thanks for all the gifts that companion animals bring into our lives.