This year’s Blessing of the Animals was celebrated on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4, a Sunday, when St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown held its first Sunday service in many weeks outside — across the street at the Hyde-Addison School playground.
On such a glorious sunny afternoon, St. John’s welcomed the pawed faithful to its lawn. Since not all of God’s creatures have mastered the art of social distancing, the service was more sparsely attended, this time only by canines, and much briefer than in previous years. After an opening prayer, Rector Gini Gerbasi, Associate Rector Sarah Duggin and Seminarian Julia Domenick blessed and provided treats to the well behaved honorees. It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the animal kingdom.