The Feast of St. Francis

With Blessing of Animals

Wendy Claire Barrie


ISBN-13: 9781606740989

This liturgy follows “An Order for Celebrating the Holy Eucharist” in The Book of Common Prayer for use on or around October 4th, The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Suggested hymns are from Wonder, Love and Praise: A Supplement to The Hymnal 1982. The liturgy includes Psalm 148:7-14, Matthew 11: 25-30 and an original responsive Prayers of the People. This can be used for a simple Blessing of the Animals or can be used in conjunction with the Eucharist. A blessing of pets with suggestions for a homily or sermon play are also included.
Cast Size: 6+
Time Length: 30-60 minutes depending on music chosen, number of animals to be blessed, homily or play, and whether a Eucharist will be part of the liturgy.
Age level: intergenerational

Purchase price includes permission to reproduce copies for all participants

Wendy Claire Barrie has directed programs for children, youth, and families since 1989 in seven Episcopal congregations large and small on both coasts. A former Vice-President and board member of Forma, a network of Christian formation professionals, she began her career teaching preschool and drama. A storyteller by nature and an actor by training, leading workshops and preaching are two activities she enjoys more than she ever expected. Wendy is also the exhausted mother of an especially curious son. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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