Who is the patron saint of birds and animals?
St. Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology, was born in Italy around 1181-1182. After a wild youth and a brief career as a soldier, Francis had a conversion experience that inspired him to renounce his family’s wealth and devote his life to God.
Which saint is the patron saint of birds?
Today on the liturgical calendar is the Feast of St. Francis (1181/1182-1226), the day the Church honors a great friar from Assisi, Italy. He is the patron saint of the environment and animals because he loved all creatures and allegedly preached to even the birds.
Who is the patron saint of domestic animals?
Though St. Francis was assigned all the animals, St. Anthony’s goodwill focuses on domesticated animals (pets and livestock), as well as farmers…so it makes sense that this historically agricultural country would be more drawn to the more pragmatic saint.
What date is the blessing of the animals?
Annually now, on or around October 4, Christians worldwide celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis with a blessing of animals and prayers for creation.
What did St Francis say about animals?
He preached the message that they were as much God’s creatures as the human race and as such should be protected. His benevolent attitude towards animals and nature was the reason he became known as the Patron Saint of Animals.
Can you bless animals?
But today you should bless their little animal souls—literally. Today is the Catholic and Anglican/Episcopalian celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, and to commemorate the patron saint of animals and the environment a number of local churches are blessing household pets from cats and dogs to goldfish and guinea pigs.
What did St Francis of Assisi say about animals?
What does God say about caring for animals?
In Genesis 9:3-4 God tells us that a person cannot cut off the limb of a living animal. In Exodus, the Ten Commandments reminds us that we are supposed to treat animals with respect and care, particularly those who work our lands.
What day is blessing of the animals?