Jacksonville’s St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church will host the second annual community-wide “Blessing of the Animals” festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3, 2011 at Metropolitan Park.
The celebration will take the traditional animal blessing to a whole new level.
This free, all-are-welcome event includes participation by a dazzling array of animal organizations, ranging from the JSO’s K-9 Unit to pet rescue and service animal organizations. Look for retail and food vendors as well as demonstrations and raffles as you and your pet enjoy the park beside the beautiful St. Johns River.
Of course there will be the blessings for the furry, feathery and scaly alike. A short service will kick off the festival followed by individual blessings throughout the day by our priest, the Rev. Dr. Nicholas Louh.
Why all the fuss over pets?
Our spirituality compels us to express gratitude for the love and blessings our pets give us. What better way to show our feelings for these faithful members of our families than to ask God’s blessing for them in return?
It’s also a recognition that we as children of God have a responsibility to be kind, loving stewards of all of creation —which includes our animals.
St. John the Divine welcomes everyone to this special event. Even if you don’t seek a blessing for a pet, please join us as the community gathers to celebrate and bless the animals that bring us so much joy.
To learn more, visit our facebook page link below, or feel free to call the parish at (904) 396-5383. Members of the media may contact GeeGee at 904-514-5521 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org