The Blessing of Animals
October 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us at the entrance of our Ecclesia for this once a year event. All animals welcome, be they furry, feathered or scaled. Each animal blessed individually on a first-come, first-blessed basis. No specific faith or belief is required of person or pet.
This traditional annual event is held in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) who saw holiness in all of nature as well as in humans. According to tradition, he not only preached to animals but was able to approach wild animals while doing so. He also would (as Buddhist still do) purchase captured birds and fish to release them back into the wild. His impact on Western spirituality is immense and he is recognized by Christians and non-Christians alike.
Offered to the public by Ecclesia Gnostica, an open sacramental Gnostic church in Hollywood, California.
See readings for this observance.
Due to unpredictable government restrictions imposed upon religious practice, first-time attendees are advised to call (323) 467-2685 in advance.