SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON LITURGY: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020
You and your animal companion are invited to participate in the great annual tradition of the St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals at Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, on Saturday, October 3, 2020!
Two different opportunities are offered:
- 2:30–3:30 P.M.: DRIVE-THROUGH PRAYER AND ANIMAL BLESSING (no pre-registration required)
- 4:30 P.M.: IN-PERSON OUTDOOR LITURGY ON THE LABYRINTH (registration required, and available via livestream.)
Like last year, the event will feature contributions from acclaimed Seattle musician James Falzone, and include prayers for healing humanity’s relationship with the earth, and for all the creatures who share the earth with us. All are invited to attend, with or without their animal companions. Following current guidelines, attendance will be limited, participants will remain masked and distanced, and advance registration will be required. Families will be asked to sit together in marked "zones" with sufficient distance maintained between them and other attendees.
Dogs, cats, bird, bunnies, ponies, chickens, and animals of all kinds are welcome, but must remain in their household’s designated space until invited, in orderly fashion, to one of the stations for blessing at end of the service. Stuffed animals are also welcome to be blessed, as are photographs of pets who would not find attending the event a blessed experience.
For those who do not wish to attend in-person worship at this time, a drive-through animal blessing will be offered earlier in the afternoon, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., with no preregistration required
The 4:30 p.m. liturgy will also be livestreamed at saintmarks.org/livestream.
To register to attend in person, please go to:
Again, space is limited, and will be on first-come, first-serve basis, so please register soon.