Blessing of the Animals

Berkley, the pup, sits up as Rev. Stephen Shortess, of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, pets him following a blessing of the animals for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 at Seguin Animal Services. Shortess offered up a prayer and blessing for all of the animal and staff at the shelter.

St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals. He referred to all creatures as his brothers and sisters, just as he would a human.

That’s why local churches have celebrated the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi by hosting events in which they bless animals. Some do it at the church, some visit local animal hospitals and clinics and others, like Father Stephen Shortess, of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, visit the local animal shelter and offer up a prayer for all of the critters in their care.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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