Blessing of the Animals
All Creatures, Great and Small
Join us this Sunday, October 7th at 5:00 p.m. in Bouick Field for a very special recognition of our animal companions.
Francis of Assisi was a priest during the High Middle Ages who is best known for founding the Franciscan order of friars, and for his love of all God’s creatures. For that reason, he has been named the patron saint of animals by the Catholic Church, and his feast day (October 4) is often celebrated by many churches of different denominations with a “blessing of the animals.”
For two years now, First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo has observed St. Francis Day with a Blessing of the Animals service in Bouick Field on the Seminary campus. Last year about 40 pet owners and friends brought their dogs, cats and photos of pets. It was a joyful, touching service.
And so once again this year, we’ll celebrate our love for our pets and the blessing they are in our lives. Our community and all of our friends and neighbors are invited to bring all creatures, great and small, furry, scaly, or feathered, for this short, family-and-child friendly, ecumenical/interfaith service including a blessing for each animal. Pets must be on a leash, or in a crate, cage or bowl. You may also bring photos, if their pets can’t travel.
Bouick Field is located at the corner of Kensington and Bolinas, near the San Anselmo Playhouse.