St. Frances of Assisi and animal blessings!

Saint Francis of Assisi (September 26, 1181 - October 3, 1226) was a Roman Catholic friar and the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans.

He is known as the patron saint of animals, birds, and the environment, and it is customary for Catholic churches to hold ceremonies honoring animals around his feast day of October 4.

On this day, throughout the world, Christians everywhere celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi by blessing their pets. Animal Blessings are held on this day and other days throughout the country. They are organized and held through Humane Societies, Catholic Churches and animal welfare organizations. Check your local organizations for a Blessing near you, or visit my Squidoo lens to find out more information and other locations throughout the country for upcoming Animal Blessings.

This has been a rough year for animals throughout the World! We sure wish we could find thousands and thousands of moving pods to round up every animal and get them the blessings they deserve.

The Prayer of Saint Francis is a Christian prayer for Peace widely attributed to the 13th century Saint Francis of Assisi, although the prayer in its present form cannot be traced back further than 1912, when it was printed in France in French, in a small spiritual magazine called La Clochette (The Little Bell), as an anonymous prayer, as demonstrated by Dr Christian Renoux in 2001. The prayer has been known in USA since 1936. Listen to this wonderful rendition by Sarah McLachlan.