St. John’s Episcopal Church cordially invites all pets and their people to an outdoor Blessing of the Animals service on the Town Green in Essex at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 5. Bring the whole family. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation or belief.
Every year around this time the church remembers St. Francis, an Italian friar who was born in 1182 and died in early October 1226. St. Francis had been born into wealth but as an adult chose a simple life with few possessions. He is responsible for many prayers about humility and kindness. He spoke kindly to animals, something that has inspired artists and people of faith ever since. (Anyone with a pet dog or cat sees firsthand that kindness matters.) St. Francis’s message of love, peace, and—especially—respect for animals speaks strongly to us all these centuries later.
So gather your beloved pets and come down to the Town Green. As the friar said: “The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.” May we add, some animal as well.
Any donations, pet food, or treats brought to the service will benefit Dog Days Adoption Events. For more information contact St. John’s Episcopal Church at 860-767-8095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.