Animal blessing for St. Francis

The second annual animal blessing at Church of the Redeemer is Saturday, October 2, 2016, at 10:00 am. Bring your animal to the space between the Main Building and Education Building. This animal blessing remembers and celebrates Saint Francis.

This animal blessing is not limited to people from Church of Redeemer. Open to everyone, this is a wonderful opportunity for all to share in the joy of God’s creation.

Please make sure that animals are properly controlled. Let us make this animal blessing an example of the Peaceable Kingdom. Examples of properly controlled are the following:

  • Dogs are on leash.
  • Cats are on leash or in carriers.
  • Snakes are in terrariums.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. For more information, call (425) 486-3777 or send an email message to office@redeemer-kenmore.org.

See pictures from the animal blessing last year on Flickr from Church of the Redeemer. Click a picture to open a larger version of it.

 

Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi (1181 or 1182 to October 3, 1226) was a thirteenth-century saint and founder of the Franciscan order. He was born in Assisi in central Italy and named Giovanni Bernardone. His father changed his name to Francesco, “the Frenchman,” after a visit to France.

His gradual conversion began in the spring of 1205. Francis gave generously to the poor and became devoted to “Lady Poverty.” Marked by poverty, humility, and contemplation of Christ, he stressed an absolute simplicity of life.

Others gathered around Francis. On February 24, 1209, the Order of Friars Minor (Fratres minores), sometimes called Minorites, was founded. In England, the Friars were popularly called Grey Friars, because of the color of their habit.

The Second Order of St. Francis, known as the Poor Clares, was established for nuns in 1219. The Third Order for lay men and women was founded in 1221.

His death was in Assisi. Francis is commemorated in the Episcopal Church calendar on October 4. Other calendars use October 3.

Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment. Worship inspired by this feast typically include animal blessings, prayers for environmental protection and conservation, and a call to a lifestyle based in simplicity and service of others.

Popular writings by Francis

Francis is especially remembered for writing “The Canticle of Brother Sun.” The Hymnal 1982 of the Episcopal Church includes two hymn texts based on the Canticle. See “All creatures of our God and King” (Hymn 400) and “Most High, omnipotent, good Lord” (Hymn 406 and 407).

The hymn text “Lord make us servants of your peace” (Hymn 593) is based on a prayer attributed to Francis. See page 833 in the Book of Common Prayer for the text of the prayer:

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

(Adapted mostly from the Glossary on episcopalchurch.org.)

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.