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Blessing of the Animals At St Alban’s

By Staff | Sep 29, 2016

A Blessing of the Animals service will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Weather permitting, it will be on the grassed area south of the church to celebrate Saint Francis’s Day; if it is raining, the service will be indoors. You may bring your pet or a photograph of your pet to the service. Pets may also be blessed by simply naming them during the service. The Rev. Elliot Blackburn will lead the service and perform the blessing.

Saint Francis of Assisi lived in the 12th and 13th Centuries. He was a monk, who founded the order of Franciscans. He is known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals. He was canonized in 1228. His feast day is October 4th and a service of blessing the animals is traditionally held on that date or a Sunday close to that date. The current pope chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis.

In addition to the Blessing of the Animals service, Father Elliot will lead the Holy Eucharist service at 10 a.m. on Sunday at St. Alban’s church. Father Elliot has been a priest for over 50 years. He helped found and organize the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City that serves all North Central Iowa. Although officially retired and living in Mason City, he continues to serve a variety of small churches and act as a supply priest. Following the service, we will have our usual coffee hour which will provide an opportunity for fellowship.

St. Alban’s is located at 23rd and Zenith just east of the Lakes Regional Hospital, Spirit Lake.

For more information, please contact the church office at St. Alban’s (336-1117), or check the church’s website at www.stalbansepiscopalchurch.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stalbansspiritlake.