Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 10:30am

St.Mary's Episcopal Church of Sparta, NJ welcomes you to join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals! On Sunday October 8th during the 10:30am service.

The Episcopal Church has long taken a pro-animal stance, reminding members that animals are gifts from God, and that people are responsible for being good stewards of the earth and all its inhabitants. In keeping with such beliefs, many Episcopal churches host an annual Blessing of the Animals service, when people have the rare opportunity to bring their pets to church to receive special blessings.

Feast of St. Francis

Episcopalians celebrate the Blessing of the Animals on a Sunday close to the Feast of St. Francis, which falls on Oct. 4. St. Francis of Assisi was well known for his love of animals. Stories tell of him preaching to flocks of birds, dissuading mosquitoes from biting him and even convincing a wolf to stop stalking humans and livestock in Gubbio, Italy, where he once lived. At the Blessing of the Animals, people remember and emulate Francis’ example of love for animals and appreciation of God’s creations.

Weather permitting we will hold the service on our front lawn, in the event of bad weather we will move the service inside the church.

The service is open to all residents of Sparta!