the Blessing of the Animals, also known as the Feast of St. Francis in the Catholic and Anglican traditions.
One lady said that her 8-year-old had been coming for a blessing each year since he was a puppy.
Other owners were curious newcomers who wandered over from the dog run.
As we wrote in 2006:
eight centuries after his death, the light of Saint Francis shines brighter than ever.
|Blessing the beasts and the chariots|