Sunday, October 7, 2012

Scarecrow Festival Meets Feast of St. Francis


We are headed back to our town's awesome Festival of Scarecrows.  Today's entrants are a group of three from the Episcopal Church of the Ascension.  The sprinklers were on when I took this photo, but they smiled happily in welcome when I approached, nonetheless.  Last night, I saw that they received an Honorable Mention, and they definitely deserved it.  Such a cute little group.

Today at noon, Ascension will be holding their annual Blessing of the Animals, in commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals (and the environment!), and arguably the most popular of all the named saints. 

Not only are animals of all religions welcome at the Blessing of the Animals, the Junior and Senior Youth Groups of the church will be providing pet-sitting on the North Lawn, during the 10:15 service.  The ad on the Sierra Madre News Website does caution participants that some of the animals may need a "leash or carrier."  Good advice!




12 comments:

  1. What a wonderful picture for Sunday. Lovely. I would love to see those pet-sitters in action...must be fun too :).

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    1. I'll bet that was something to see. Very brave kids!

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    1. Definitely. A nice new tradition.

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  3. My most favorite of all they saints...his statue from St. Patrick's is always watching over my kids! Thanks Adele! :-)

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    1. That's right! You got him when we were there! Very cool. :-)

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  4. This might be too scary for your family friendly blog, but a couple of scary scarecrows could be politicians. Obama & Romney just to throw out a couple of names.

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  5. Hooray for more scarecrows - this group is adorable! I'd love to see the St. Francis event too. Until it got too much of a media zoo, I used to enjoy the blessing of the animals in NYC's St. John's and remembered how every pet would go quiet, as if knowing it was their special day:) (Though it got 'wilder' sometimes, I recall a llama and penguins!)

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    1. That's amazing. They are so intuitive. Must have been something, to see a llama and penguin!

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  6. Lulu, that's so interesting, that the pets knew to be quiet in church!

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    1. It really is. Maybe the people were calm, and they sensed it?

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