People all over the world are joining in celebration of our furry and feathered friends, conducting a Blessing of the Animals service.
Walker Methodist held its own service today, honoring the life of St. Francis of Assisi, who is remembered for talking for and understanding animals. On Friday, October 4, residents and staff brought their dogs, bunnies, and even
iguanas, as well as their favorite stuffed animals or pictures and memories of their favorite pets to the Chapel for a special blessing.
“It’s a pretty informal service, with lots of feathers and fur in the air,” says David Cobb, Walker Methodist chaplain. “It’s a lot of fun for everyone, and it gives us a chance to honor the important spiritual and emotional place our animal companions have in our lives.”
This unique service is performed in many parts of the world during the week in which St. Francis died at the age of 45. Once known for his rambunctious, partying lifestyle, St. Francis’s reputation and lifestyle took a dramatic turn after being in the war in Italy in 1205. After the war he devoted his life to rebuilding God’s church. During his travels, a number of legends began to take shape, how he would preach and the birds would listen, and how he made peace between a village and a ravenous wolf.
He is also known for his famous hymn, which the congregation sang, “All Creatures of our God and King.”