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Blessing of the animals marks St. Francis of Assisi feast day

Fr. Stefan Migac blesses pets at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Fr. Stefan Migac blesses pets at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.(WDBJ7 Photo)
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 7:40 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ) - You may not know Monday was the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his love of animals.

In memory of the saint and his works, churches have blessings of the animals, like the one at Lexington’s St. Patrick’s Church Sunday.

There were 15 pets, including mostly dogs, but also a couple cats, a hamster and a goat.

They received a traditional blessing and a sprinkling of holy water.

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