5 October 2016
King's Celebrates the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi
At the Wednesday Eucharist service this week, we celebrated the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, with the congregation slightly livelier than usual.
Pupils and staff brought along their pets for the service to celebrate the feast day. The aisles in the Chapel were full to bursting when dogs (all shapes and sizes and ages), Netherland Dwarf rabbits, hamsters, and even a goldfish in a large coke bottle (a temporary vessel of course!) were brought along to be blessed.
Father Mark Smith, who is a Franciscan and the Chaplain at King’s said: “It was a wonderful service. It has become quite a favourite and much-anticipated annual event and we have received so much positive feedback since we began holding it.
“I started celebrating St Francis Day here at King's College in 2010. I started out by asking pupils to send me photos of their pets, which I put onto the big screen. We then took the plunge in 2012 when I invited the whole school community to bring their pets into Chapel for a ‘live’ service!
Father Mark added: “The event became so popular and there was so much excitement, that I decided to link it to the school mini-farm (dedicated to St Francis) which I run with a small group of pupils.”