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10.5.2021 - Pets Blessed

10.3.2021 - Blanket Sunday

9.26.2021 - Milestone Moment: Blessing of the Car Keys

9.25.2021 - God Moment

9.18.2021 - Celebrating “God’s Work, Our Hands”

8.15.2021 - Bernadette Jones Recognized for Her Service

7.6.2021 - Recognizing High School Graduate Sean Jensen

7.6.2021 - Pastor Vasey Celebrates 35 years of Ordination

2.11.2021 - St. Mark's to Reopen for Regular Sunday Services

1.17.2021 - Finley Matthew Hanford Baptized

12.12.2020 - St. Mark's Annual Report Issued

12.12.2020 - St. Mark's In Person Services Suspended

11.17.2020 - St. Mark's Issues Guidelines for Christmas Eve Services

11.14.2020 - Operation Christmas Child 2020

11.1.2020 - Celebrating All Saints Sunday

10.23.2020 - Crop Walk 2020

10.20.2020 - Harvest Home Sunday

10.15.2020 - Sunday School Blankets

10.4.2020 - Blessing of Pets

10.4.2020 - Count Your Blessings: Blanket Sunday


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Pets Blessed

 

The Blessing of the Animals (or the Blessing of Pets) occurs annually on or around the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, a day when Christians the world over celebrate all of God’s creation. St. Mark’s conducted its annual Blessing of Pets on Sunday afternoon, October 3, 2021. Reverend Brian D. Vasey presided at the service.

St. Francis of Assisi was an Italian friar and is one of Christianity’s most revered figures. He believed that all creatures were his “brothers” and “sisters”, and had a deep sense of brotherhood, especially for the poor. He loved all of God’s creation, and often is pictured with birds to whom he sometimes “preached”. Born in the 12th century, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

The Blessing of the Animals commonly is observed by Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, and Lutherans, as well as some other denominations. In New York City, St. John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the United States, opens a set of bronze doors just three times a year, including for the Blessing of the Animals.

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