The feast of St. Francis is celebrated on October 4th this year. Today, my girls and I brought Ramsey to be blessed at the annual blessing of the animals at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto. The Cathedral is a historic and architectural treasure and a place of worship since 1797. Today’s service took place inside the cathedral. Pets were permitted inside the Cathedral for the hymns and scripture readings. After the service, the blessing took place outdoors.
Dragoon - an 8 year old magnificent Toronto Police Horse - was blessed first.
There were numerous cats and dogs, but this was the only bird.
The girls really enjoyed this outing. Lily insisted on wearing her special rubber boots. She also wore socks with horses and a shirt with a deer on it.
Several years ago, I picked up this book by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the life of St. Francis. It was a birthday gift for my husband. It has been a wonderful addition to our family library. Denis Nolan’s illustrations are beautiful.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend,