This Sunday is the day-long St. Francis of Assisi celebration. Usually tickets sell out months in advance for the cathedral service that features a procession of all kinds of animals (Alpacas! Camels! Yaks! Kangaroos!*) And the music is always amazing. Typically, festivities continue throughout the day on the cathedral’s grounds with lots of socializing going on between humans and nonhumans. We usually walk over each year and, when Galileo was with us, he’d come along. The whole neighborhood gets into it.
This year the whole thing is virtual, which means you can share in the fun! I just received a schedule of events this morning, with the Blessing at noon:
You’ll need to register ahead for a ticket, but it’s free. With pre-recorded videos available throughout the day once they go live, it’s do-able for those of you in different time zones 😉
Regardless of your religion or beliefs (St. John is an Episcopal church but its programs are very inclusive), I can tell you first-hand that the Blessing is a special moment to share with a companion animal. Just a few breaths together to honor the role he/she has in our life.
*Pictures from a previous procession: https://www.
atlasobscura.com/articles/a- beastly-blessing-st-francis- day-at-manhattan-s-cathedral- church-of-st-john-the-divine