St. Francis Sunday, Blessing of the Animals at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church In Chattanooga

St Francis is the patron saint of animals so many churches offer animal blessing services, usually held on or around October 4th. At my church, St Peter’s Episcopal this morning we had morning prayers and a blessing of the animals rolled into one service. It is always fun to have our four-legged friends join us. All we had this morning was dogs and cats but, in the past, we have had farm animals, snakes, and spiders. All things great and small have been blessed at this service.

A Blessing Of The Animals #Episcopal #dioet

Tonight three Episcopal Parishes St. Peter’s, St. Albans and St. Thaddaeus gathered to bless their animals as a part of St. Francis celebration.. Cats, dogs and even chickens were prayed over and blessed. Humans gathered for a cookout and some time of fellowship.

St. Francis Day Blessing Of The Animals

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This afternoon at church we celebrated St. Francis Day by blessing the animals of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. Alban’s Episcopal Churches here in Chattanooga. It was a great time of coming together as two faith communities in the city to worship and fellowship. We also enjoyed a meal together. It was a lot of fun.