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Churches hold annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony

October 8, 2018

FLORENCE -- The congregations of Cross & Crown Lutheran Church and St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church gathered Sunday afternoon on the church’s labyrinth for the annual Blessing of the Animals conducted by the Rev. Mark Cerniglia.

The ceremony is conducted on the Sunday closest to St. Francis Day on Oct. 4.

It commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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