Blessing of the Animals


October 2, 2011

Pet-lovers, make room for waves.

Over a weekend traditionally known for blessing humans' furry, finned and feathered friends in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, an ocean-minded interfaith group of more than 1,000 on Oct. 2 blessed waves in Huntington Beach,...

October 2, 2009

Many Episcopal churches great and small soon will be filled with the sounds of barking, mewing, cawing and snuffling as well as music and prayer as congregations celebrate St. Francis by blessing their companion animals.

The Episcopal Church annually commemorates St. Francis of Assisi,...

October 6, 2008

From Manila in the Philippines to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, churches around the world organized services of blessing for animals to mark the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.


"These services allow people of faith to recognize the importance of the...

April 12, 2007

ALL GOD'S CREATURES: The Blessing of Animal Companions By Debra K. Farrington Paraclete Press, 208 pp., $14.95

Author of many books of Christian spirituality, Debra Farrington has written a guide for those who want and feel a deep spiritual bond with their companion animals. From the...