As autumn arrives it has become customary for many ELCA congregations to remember Francis of Assisi, who died on Oct. 4, 1226. Well-known for his love for all creatures, commemorations for Francis often include a blessing of the animals. Here are photos from the annual Blessing God’s Creatures Festival held at First Lutheran Church and School in Torrance, Calif.
Blessing of the animals
November 18, 2013