Animal Blessings

This week you may have noticed an odd precession of animals being led to the chapel for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Animals. This special ceremony is held in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, and is usually held around his Feast day, October 4.

Each year students enjoy the opportunity to bring their pets, photos of their pets, or stuffed animals representing pets to chapel for the special blessing. Father Ginson welcomed each animal with a special prayer.

“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 God, in all your creatures! Amen.”

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