Every year, Knox holds a Blessing of the Animals service, in which all of God's creation is honoured and celebrated.
You are invited to bring your cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, hamsters, fish or even a local earthworm or caterpillar for a special blessing. (Please ensure they are all appropriately leashed / contained!)
We'll also have a special display board where you may place a photo of a beloved pet who has since passed on.
Got a favourite stuffed friend? Teddy bears are especially welcome, too.
Come out, say hello (or woof, meow, or squeak), and enjoy some coffee, tea and sweets at coffee time afterward.
All are welcome!
The first blessing of the animals is reported to have happened something like this: One warm afternoon early in his ministry (sometime between 1210-15), Francis wandered outside of Assisi, full of self-doubt, asking God if perhaps everything he had done until that point had been for the wrong reasons.
Francis wondered if he should have simply gotten married and raised a family as his father wanted him to do. It was while he was praying alone to God that Francis glimpsed some birds along the path. He paused and began to speak to them as if to equals.
Soon, he began to "preach" to them about God's glories and all the reasons why both humans and birds should be grateful. That day marks the beginning of an environmental movement, and the beginning of the era when we begin to understand ourselves as intrinsically connected to all of creation.