The third annual “all angels animal blessing” at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihu‘e returns at 4:30 p.m., Sunday.
The blessing is always held on the Sunday closest to St. Francis Day. St. Francis was known for his deep love and appreciation for all creation, particularly the animal world. The service begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. and includes special prayers for animals, their stewards, and animal care-givers, the hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and an opportunity for each animal to come to the front of the altar to receive a personal blessing prayer from Father William Miller.
Father Bill is an animal lover and steward of Kaua‘i Humane Society dog Nawiliwili Nelson, and is the author of “The Gospel According to Sam: Animal Stories for the Soul.”
The blessing service will last thirty minutes and be followed by a reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The reception includes hot deity dogs (hot dogs), music from island favorite John Gilleran and a small petting zoo for children.
All animals must be on leash or in a carrier. The blessing is free and open to the public. St. Michael’s is located at the corner of Umi and Hardy Streets right next to the Lihu‘e Public Library and across from Wilcox School.
For more information, call 245-3796 or visit stmichaels-kauai.org.