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Oct 02 2022

The Feast of St. Francis + Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Sunday, October 2, 2022
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

Unfortunately, the procession of animals will be taking place yet the folks at St. John the Divine are welcoming people to bring their pets and animal companions so’s they may be blessed by the Cathedral clergy outside the Pulpit Green following that day’s service on Sunday, October 2.

In the afternoon there’ll be activities as well info about environmental initiatives and climate justice!

Passes for this event can be obtained at this official page. Only four passes are allowed per person.

Following would be the official press release:

The service will return to the inside of the Cathedral for the first time since before the pandemic, followed by an outdoor fair with pet blessings, musical performances and outdoor activities.

For the first time since before the pandemic, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with an in-person service and an outdoor festival to honor the animals of the city and the world on Sunday, October 2nd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street) in Manhattan.

A longtime New York City tradition, the Cathedral’s Feast of St. Francis pays tribute to Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. This year, the celebration will return to the Nave of the Cathedral after two years of virtual and physically-distanced services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While this year’s service will not include a procession of animals, community members are invited to bring pets of all kinds to the service.

Following the service, the Cathedral will host an afternoon of celebration and outdoor activities for all creatures and the natural world on the Cathedral’s Pulpit Green. Cathedral clergy will offer pet blessings to furry, feathered, or scaly companions of all shapes and sizes. The Mettawee River Theater Company, led by master puppeteer Ralph Lee, will perform joyous music in magical animal costumes. Local neighborhood organizations and environmental programs will be featured at the fair, as well as the Cathedral’s ecological initiatives, including its resident honeybees and wildlife.

For animal lovers who wish to enjoy St. Francis Day, more information can be found on stjohndivine.org.

The event is finished.