Sunday, October 14, 2007

Blessing of the Animals

Momma left me last weekend to go to the Big City, so I didn't get to put this up last Sunday. There are some Blessing of the Animals celebrations today, too, so it is still appropriate.
October 4 was the special day for St. Francis of Assisi. Some churches now celebrate Mr. St. Francis by having Blessing of the Animals ceremonies, which is real nice, I think. We could all use a blessing now and then, don't ya think?

St. Francis was an old hippie who lived in Italy a squillion years ago. His first name wasn't really St. He got called that after he died. He loved all living things and reminded Beans that they should be kind to animals because we should honor all creation with love and peace. He sounds like a nice guy, even though he had funny hair. Here is a picture of a pretty St. Francis window that shows him with his animal friends.


Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

aw, this is a nice post. lotsa churches around here do a blessing of the animals. i don't go cause i don't do well out of the house, but i'm glad other animals get to. mommy has a little. st. francis statue in her garden to watch out over all the animals outside.
that is a very pretty window.

Parker said...

That was a great post. I am blessed everyday, so are you my friend.
C'mon over, we're going out on the deck for some 'nip.

Chairman Mao said...

That's a great postie, Jimmy Joe! I think it's really nice that churches have Blessing ceremonies fur four-footeds. Yay fur St. Francis -- he was a superduper bean!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Grate post JJ, mom laffed when we read "old hippie" to her.

Gretchen said...

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Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

What a pretty stained glass window!
That is a very nice post, Jimmy Joe.

~ Bandit

Catlady4 said...

What a lovely post. They do Blessing of the Animals here, too. It's very sweet - even if they bless animals other than cats!

Emma, Jamie, Thomassina and Bob

Annie Mosaic Cat said...

Very sweet, JJ.
We have a St. Francis tile in our kitchen. And there is the COOLEST St. F. print on etsy Mosaic Lady has on her wish list. We are big fans around this house, too.
Your Country Boy ZooArt is so adorable.

michico*Adan said...

This post is very great~!!!
Wish of the animals are fine~!!!!!

China Cat & Willow said...

Hey, Jimmy Joe, this was a terrific post about St. Francis. Lots of churches near us do animal blessings too but we don't like to go outside of our house. We have a St. Francis statue in the back yard right by the corner of our screened-in porch. He must like squirrels, bunnies and chipmunks because we have lots of them to watch!!

Purrrrrs, China Cat & Willow

Henry Helton said...

That is a really neat window. My Lady likes stained glass.

Dragonheart said...

St. Francis was a wonderful person. The Blessing of the Animals ceremonies sound wonderful. Our Catholic Church doesn't do that, though.

MoMo said...

Hi Jimmy Joe! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to have a friend whose mom is also writing one of those esoteric things called dissertation or thesis. I help too, but more often than not I fall asleep on SS's books, research papers or computer.

Do drop by again and you can check out my doggie sister. She is really cute.

Nudges and purrs,

Mickey said...

Hey Jimmy Joe,it's nice that someonecares about us kitties,even if he is an "old Hippie"(Mom told what that was ,heehee)

Come to my blog,I have something for ya!!