October 2, 2014
The Franciscan Friars have the tradition of blessing animals on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. This is not just some silly celebration of all things cute and fury but in fact a celebration of something much more profound. When we bless our animal friends we give thanks to God who made them. We celebrate the insight of Saint Francis who some himself not so much as steward or caretaker of creation but rather as brother to all living things. We are sister and brother to all creatures. This integrity and inter-dependence of creation leads us to respect, care and reverence for our planet and the universe.
We are happy to share with you a simple prayer service to celebrate the blessing of animals. Use it in your community, family, parish or among friends.
Click on the link below to the pdf of the file. It’s meant to be printed double-sided on letter size paper. Enjoy!