The Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 1, 2017

11am – 4pm

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Pulpit Green, Cathedral
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine welcomes you to join us for our 33rd annual Feast of Saint Francis festivities! This signature Cathedral service features the Missa Gaia (or Earth Mass), composed by Paul Winter and Paul Halley, bringing together the Paul Winter Consort and a mass choir of hundreds of voices, as well as modern and traditional West African dance by Forces of Nature—all in celebration of the beauty of the animal kingdom. The service concludes with the Procession of the Animals, a silent parade of creatures great and small down the Nave of the Cathedral. The service begins at 11 am, with a prelude beginning at 10:50 am. The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, Dean of the Cathedral, will preach and The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of the Diocese of New York, will celebrate. Following the service, join us for the St. Francis Day fair, with pet blessings, activities, refreshments, and performances on the Pulpit Green.