Joy and a bit-of-chaos sum up a Blessing of the Animals service!
Sometimes held outside, sometimes inside, with care and safety measures in place (e.g. animals kept on leash or in carrier) an animal blessing service can provide meaning and relevance for children and anyone with a pet. Photos or soft toys (stuffed toy animals) may be brought in the place of live animals.
Blessing of the Animals often coincides with St Francis Day, 4 October.
Be sure to provide bowls of water and appropriate treats for the various animal guests.