Thanks to Bill Ivey for sending along notice of a fall tradition coming up at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church that's taking place on Saturday:
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a service of the Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, October 5th at 10 a.m.
Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (who became St. Francis after his death) was an Italian friar and preacher who lived from 1181-1226. He was venerated as a saint in 1228. According to legend, he created the Christmas Crèche or nativity scene and is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.
St. Francis was also a prolific writer. He may be best known for this simple prayer he penned that has survived to this day:
Lord, make me an instrument
of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
St. Catherine’s is located at 571 Holt Road.