Thursday, September 21, 2017

All God's Critters


  1. I've always found this to be among the most beautiful, and, paradoxically, most humanizing of all church sacraments. As Ghandi said, the greatness of any nation, and its moral worth, can be judged by how it treats its animals—a sentiment that can be logically extended past the animals and along an upward continuum towards, encompassing the very essence of Christian teaching.

  2. Michael Rowe....well said, once again!

  3. Technically this isn't a sacrament, at least not in the Episcopal tradition, but I get and agree with your point nonetheless.
    This blessing is typically given on the Feast Day of St. Francis (or a Sunday close to the Feast Day).

    1. It's not a sacrament in any tradition, but rather a symbolic sacred action relating to the life of St. Francis, patron of animals. The sacraments to a protestant and reformed-leaning Anglicans are baptism and the eucharist. The Roman Catholics, Orthodox churches and Anglo-Catholic anglicans add five more: Confirmation, Confession, Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony, and Extreme Unction.