Planning for the Feast of St. Francis

Planning for the Feast of St. Francis

September 17, 2014
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Lifelong Formation

DogsLord, make me an instrument of your peace,
     where there is hatred, let me sow love;
     where there is injury, pardon;
     where there is doubt, faith;
     where there is despair, hope;
     where there is darkness, light; and
     where there is sadness, joy.
O, God, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
     to be understood as to understand;
     to be loved as to love;
     for it is in giving that we receive;
     it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
     and it is in dying
     that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

- Prayer of St. Francis

The Feast of St. Francis is celebrated on October 4. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment and worship inspired by this Feast typically include pet blessings, prayers for environmental protection and conservation, and a call to a lifestyle based in simplicity and service of others.

LydiaIf you are looking for resources for St. Francis Day, please check out these resources below.

St. Francis Day Resources from Lesson Plans that Work

St. Francis Resources from TextWeek.com

A St. Francis’ life and legacy can by found on the website for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Downloadable Blessing of the Animals, Eucharistic Service outline, and other resources.

This Feast day is popular in many churches, and often inspires unique outreach and worship opportunities. If you are planning something creative in your faith community for the Feast of St. Francis, please share in the comments.

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