​​​​Trinity Episcopal Church

​​Trinity Episcopal Church

We invite all to celebrate fully with us as we give praise to our Creator who has gifted us and all living creatures with love and life.

As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd-- a procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey. Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” And there was testimony in the cause for St. Clare of Assisi’s canonization that referred to her little cat!

That there are today over 62 million cats in the U.S. attests to the continuing

affection we have for our furry, feathered or finned friends. We've even had

a cat called Socks in the White House. For single householders, a pet can be

a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend

overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow

creature. And petting your beloved pet most likely lowers your blood pressure.

The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the

communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a

man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.

No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing.

Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated.

The Blessing of the Animals

Most High, omnipotent, good Lord, To

thee be ceaseless praise outpoured,
And blessing without measure.

Let creatures all give thanks to thee
And serve in great humility.

 ~~ St. Francis of Assisi


NEXT YEAR  --   October 7th!

                       “If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the  
                      shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal  
 likewise with their fellow men."

                                                                                                                       ~~ St. Francis of Assisi 


60 South Dorset Rd.

Troy OH  45373


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