Saint Francis of Assisi’s Blessing of the Animals this Weekend

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From emails:

“Dogs, cats and other pets (plus people) will crowd the Franciscan Monastery’s gardens for the traditional blessing of the animals to mark the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals:

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land (upper gardens)
1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

The Franciscan friars, dressed in their traditional brown habit, will pray and sprinkle holy water over the animals. Each pet will receive a St. Francis dog tag. Veterinarians from the DC Veterinary Medical Association will be on hand for free consultations before and after the blessing.

The blessing is free. All pets and people welcome.”


“We are pleased to host the Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 5 at 5pm. at Luther Place Memorial Church on Thomas Circle. We gather in front of the St Francis Mural for some music, reflection and blessing for creatures and their human companions!”


Blessing of the Animals, St. Paul’s at 25th and K

Blessing of Animals St. Paul’s (PDF)

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  • There is another Blessing of the Animals at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist at 9th and Mass Ave NW, across from the Marquis. Sunday at 4!

  • Holy Comforter/St. Cyprian Catholic church, just east of Lincoln Park at 1357 East Capitol Street SE, is doing a blessing from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday. If it’s anything like last year, it’s a walk-up, individual blessing rather than a group event. St. Joseph’s Rectory at 313 2nd Street NE is doing a pet blessing service at 10:30 a.m. (Dunno whether or not my dog is Catholic, but he doesn’t seem to mind a bit of holy water, especially if treats are involved.)

  • I am tempted to bring my cat to this, but being in the carrier and going in the car would probably stress her out, and that wouldn’t really be fair to her.
    On the other hand, maybe it would be a good thing if she had a carrier/car experience that did NOT involve going to the vet. She is always much less stressed coming back from the vet than going there, so maybe it’s less the journey itself than its implications.

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