Sunday, October 4th is the Feast Day for Saint Francis of Assisi. Because of his love for the environment, and all animals in particular, Christians around the world commemorate his ministry by bringing pets and animals of all kinds to their worship celebrations for a blessing.
This year, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Ingleside (25519 W IL Route 134, Ingleside, IL 60041), will participate in this ecumenical event with a liturgy for the blessing of pets and animals. The service will take place Sunday, October 4th, @ 9:30 a.m. (outdoors). Each animal that receives a blessing will also receive a certificate of blessing with their name on it.
In order to protect our animals and those in attendance, we ask that all animals be appropriately leashed or caged. All are welcome!
Who is St. Francis of Assisi?
Born in Italy circa 1181, Saint Francis of Assisi was renowned for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned for ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison — awaiting his father’s payment — and, according to legend, began receiving visions from God. After his release from prison, Francis heard the voice of Christ, who told him to repair the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. Consequently, he abandoned his life of luxury and became a devotee of the faith, his reputation spreading all over the Christian world.
Later in life, Francis reportedly received a vision that left him with the stigmata of Christ — marks resembling the wounds Jesus Christ suffered when he was crucified — making Francis the first person to receive such holy wounds. He was canonized as a saint on July 16, 1228. During his life he also developed a deep love of nature and animals and is known as the patron saint of the environment and animals; his life and words have had a lasting resonance with millions of followers across the globe. Each October, many animals the world over are blessed on his feast day which is October 4.