Celebrating St. Francis and All of Creation

by: 
Shane Fryer

The weather was perfect—bright and a little chilly—for Trinity Church Wall Street’s Fall Fair and Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 5 at St. Paul’s Chapel.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Paul’s Chapel

The Rev. Beth Blunt blesses a furry friend in St. Paul’s Chapel churchyard.

Following an opening prayer that honored the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, the Rev. Beth Blunt and the Rev. Matt Welsch blessed animal companions of parishioners, neighbors, and even passers-by. We saw dogs and cats, of course, but stuffed animals and photos of pets who are no longer with us were also blessed.

Petting Zoo at St. Paul’s Chapel

Making new friends at the petting zoo!

A petting zoo with rabbits, goats, and chickens provided another chance for attendees to interact with examples of God’s amazing creation, a creation of which we are all a part, and for which we all have responsibility.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Paul’s Chapel

The Rev. Matt Welsch blesses a stuffed animal companion.

Fall Fair activities inside the chapel included face-painting, storytelling, improvisational Latin music by Cuarteto Guataca, crafts to make dog and cat toys and a birdhouse (courtesy of our partners at Habitat for Humanity), and some really good apple cider and popcorn.

Fall Fair Crafts

Parishioners celebrate creation by honoring St. Francis and our furry companions, making toys for them.

Fall Fair Storytelling

Tammy Hall of Symphony Space Global Arts shared animal stories about Anansi the spider and chickens with children and families.

It was a great way to kick off our Season of Creation, which will be observed in our liturgies over three Sundays, October 6, 13, and 20.