Blessing the animals
The festival of St Francis of Assisi commemorates the life of the Italian Catholic monk and friar, who lived in the 13th century. He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October. He is often remembered as the patron saint of animals.
This year, on 11th October, the rector of St James Anglican church in Graaff-Reinet visited the Aberdeen area to perform a blessing over animals. This was organised in conjunction with Maureen MacAndrew who runs the animal welfare charity CARE, and is also a member of St Mary’s and All Saints Anglican Church in Aberdeen.
Rev Dr Mark Marais visited a farm in the district, as well as pets in town and Lotusville. Jonathan Adams and Wilfred Deysel from Lotusville were particularly proud that their well-cared-for donkeys were able to receive this blessing.