Virtual Blessing of the Animals at Round Hill Community Church
For more than 15 years, the Round Hill Community Church congregation has dedicated a Sunday worship service to focus on God’s gift of animals and to give thanks for the role that animals hold in our lives. This special service is typically observed on or near the Sunday closest to October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. It serves as a reminder of St. Francis’ love of nature and God’s desire for humans to be responsible stewards of their domestic pets and by extension the entire world.
This year, in light of the Coronavirus epidemic, Blessing of the Animals will be conducted virtually. “The health and safety of our friends and members is our utmost priority, but we still want to celebrate all of the creatures in our lives who make our days so much brighter by sharing with us their unconditional love and companionship,” said the Rev. Dr. Ed Horstmann, Senior Pastor of Round Hill Community Church.
Members of the wider community and their pets are invited to join in this non-denominational service by emailing the name(s) and a photo of their pet(s) to email@example.com no later than Friday, September 25. They will be compiled into a unique video blessing upon all the special animals in our lives, whether they are living, passed, or plush. The video will be included in the online worship service on Sunday, September 27, which will be posted on the Church’s website – www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org.