Northwest NEWS

October 9, 2000


Blessing of the animals


Rev. Peter Snow blessed one of the rabbits brought to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross on St. Francis' Day.
   In celebration of St. Francis' Day, children and adults brought dogs, rabbits, a rat, a cat and numerous stuffed toys for the Blessing of the Animals at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross Sunday, Oct. 1. Church members and guests gathered in the play yard of the church, on 116th between Avondale and Redmond-Woodinville Road, and the Rev. Peter Snow, rector, blessed the animals. During the church service, Deacon Steve Best, dressed in a brown Franciscan robe, offered a children's sermon, with the help of a wide variety of stuffed animals.
   St. Francis of Assisi, often portrayed in paintings and garden statues as patron saint of the animals, lived from 1182 to 1226. He founded a monastic tradition with a life of simplicity and poverty.
   He is known for his love of all creation and his most famous writing is the "Canticle of the Sun."
   Holy Cross offers worship services at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 and 10 a.m. on Sundays. The first Sunday of each month, the church has a Family Service at 10 a.m., with a theme for each month. October was celebration of St. Francis' Day, November will be celebration of All Saints, and December will be the First Sunday of Advent. Visitors are welcome, and free nursery care is provided.