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Blessing of All the Animals

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by Annie Waddington-Feather (subscribe)
Born in Yorkshire, raised in Shropshire, travelled the world. Lived in Adelaide and currently in UK. Love travel, ancient history, horses, cello playing, the unusual and obscure, and pottering in my own back yard. Visit my website
A Pet Blessing at St Michael's
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Furry friends looking forward to celebrating World Animal Day
From dogs and cats to hamsters and horses, ALL are welcome to celebrate World Animal Day at Anglican Church of St Michael's Pet Blessing service on Sunday October 5th 2014.

Held at 10am, 18 Church Road, Mitcham, the service will celebrate all creatures great and small, and will give everyone a chance to show their beloved animals - whether they walk on four furry legs, waddle on two, slither along, or swim - all animals are a blessing.

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals; he used to preach to the birds and loved the larks flying above his hilltop town. His most notable deed was taming a wolf that was terrorising the people of Gubbio in Italy, and he also wrote what is believed to be among the first works of literature written in Italian - "Canticle of the Sun" a praise of God thanking Him for such creations as "Brother Fire" and "Sister Water".

Since then, World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. It's celebrated in different ways in every country, with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

St Francis loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey. Perhaps the most famous story of St. Francis is when he tamed the wolf that was terrorising the people of Gubbio in Italy.

No doubt there will be some flapping and barking, and possibly some comparison to the infamous 'Vicar of Dibley' animal blessing episode, but it will be a morning of celebration and with light refreshments after the service.

All are very welcome - with or without animals!
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Why? To celebrate World Animal Day
When: Sunday, 5th October
Phone: 8373 3433
Where: Anglican Church of St Michaels, 18 Church Rd, Mitcham
Cost: FREE
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