Special Event

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 3, 2021 | 2:00pm

Washington National Cathedral honors the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1180–1226), patron saint of animals and the environment, with a yearly Blessing of the Animals service on the Cathedral’s west steps.

All pets and their caretakers are invited to gather on Walker Court in front of the Cathedral for a special blessing.

Can't make it this year? We still want to you to show off your pets! Use #CathedralPets online to share images of your furry friends, and we'll repost our favorites on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

This event will be livestreamed on Instagram! Head over to Instagram as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis together!


Main Level St. Mary's Chapel Great Choir War Memorial Chapel Nave Click to Enlarge
Lower Level Bethlehem Chapel St. Joseph
of Arimathea Chapel
Resurrection Chapel Center for Prayer & Pilgrimage Click to Enlarge
Grounds North Lawn Virginia Mae Center Cathedral Entrance Walker Court Bishop's Garden Amphitheater Cathedral Library Click to Enlarge