It was a special Sunday as Rev. Ann Veyvara-Divinski carried out a special ‘Blessings of the Animals’ at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Southampton.
“Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals,” explained Veyvara-Divinski. “It is an opportunity to demonstrate our love and appreciation of our furry, feathered or fin friends who are our companions and to recognize the human-animal bond that exists.”
In October, Christians worldwide celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis with a blessing of animals and prayers for creation that goes back to ancient times. St. Francis is the patron of Animals, Merchants & Ecology and is also considered the patron saint: against dying alone; patron saint against fire; patron saint of animal welfare societies; patron saint of animals, patron saint of the environment and many others.