Blessing of the animals in New York City for 2013

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This time of year at many of the churches in NYC do a special service to Bless the Animals around the time of the birthday St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. All are welcome (space permitting).

The biggest service is at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side) on Sunday, October 6th, at 11 am, followed by the Fair on the Close, which features animal welfare, rescue, and environmental advocacy organizations at 1 pm. And it’s not just dogs – there have been turtles, foxes, and even camels! Note that to attend the service you need to get a general-seating pass, which is handed out beginning at 9:15 am (first-come, first-served). It should go without saying that you can bring your dog to the service. More info at

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