Oct. 2, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
Two blessing of the animals events will be taking place in Sunnyside this weekend.
The events will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Queens of Angels, where attendees can bring their pets to be blessed as part of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, which takes place on or around Oct. 4.
St. Francis, who lived in the 13th century, was known for his love of all creatures.
Past events see dozens of attendees bringing their dogs, cats, hamsters, and even turtles to receive blessings. Pet owners typically describe their relationship to their pets after a reading and prayer are done.
One of the largest and spectacular blessing of the animals events is held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan, which draws animals like camels, horses, goats, and owls, along with many spectators, to the church.
The event at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, located at 43-12 46th St., will take place on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
The Queen of Angels Church, located at 44-04 Skillman Ave., will begin its event at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.