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St. Andrew’s slates animal blessing

Saint Andrew’s Church, York and Main streets, Lambertville, N.J., will celebrate Saint Francis Day with a Choral Evensong service and a Blessing of the Animals, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

The ceremony of blessing animals celebrates Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron of all creation, who taught that living a life of peace includes living in harmony with all God’s creatures, and especially giving thanks for our domestic pets.

All are encouraged to bring their pets, either on leashes or in cages. All pets who attend will receive a blessing, as well as those who do not attend but whose names are submitted before or at the service. Attendees are welcome bring photos of departed pets as well.

On the following Sunday, Oct. 13, at the regularly scheduled 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Liturgy, music from two Baroque cantatas, one by Dietrich Buxtehude, the other by Johann Sebastian Bach, will be presented by Saint Andrew’s Choir, accompanied by a Baroque orchestra.

For information, call 609-397-2425, email or visit