“All praise to you, Oh
Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures,” wrote St. Francis,
patron saint of animals, in his “Canticle of the Creatures.”
Oct. 4 is the feast day honoring St. Francis of Assisi, with many congregations hosting a pet blessing or procession of animals on or near that day.
For a pet blessing service search www.thelutheran.org for "Sample pet blessing."
And, don't forget to have a social hour — with plenty of pet treats.
Move over Fluffy and Fido. You've been replaced — at least by some Lutheran readers whose faith has influenced the naming of their pets. Responding to a call in the July issue, readers not only reported faith-full names but also served up stories to go with them.
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