Saturday, October 1, 2005

The Blessing of the Animals and the Prayer of St. Francis

In the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, Nativity will hold its annual blessing of the animals tomorrow, Sunday, October 2, at 9:15 a.m.

We will meet at the outside altar; please proceed to the Dog Side, the Cat Side, or the All Other Side, and watch for the Rector's reaction when presented with a snake who is yet one year older. And longer. (even she doesn't know what her reaction will be!)

A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we 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.

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