The Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals

The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine welcomes you to join us for our 32nd annual Feast of Saint Francis festivities! At this signature Cathedral service, the Missa Gaia (or Earth Mass), composed by Paul Winter and Paul Halley, brings together a massed choir of hundreds of voices, a dance performance by Forces of Nature, and musical performances by the Paul Winter Consort, all in celebration of the beauty of the animal kingdom. The service concludes with the Procession of the Animals, a silent parade of creatures great and small down the Nave of the Cathedral.

This Sunday's sermon is "The Dangling Conversions"—
We must protect the vulnerable by getting beyond talking past each other about care of the environment and climate change, for we share this planet under one sun.

Passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the morning of the service. Please visit this page for a comprehensive event FAQ, which includes information on securing passes.

If you would like to ensure a seat before the day of the event, consider becoming a Steward of St. Francis. Your gift of $2,500 sponsors an animal in the procession and grants you six complimentary exclusive aisle passes. This gift, an ideal fundraising opportunity for a family, class, or church group, can be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. An individual may also receive one complimentary pass for a gift of $250. To learn more, please e-mail or call Priscilla Bayley, Director of Individual Giving, at (212) 316-7570 or

This year's St. Francis Day fair will include activities for children of all ages, pet blessings on the Pulpit Green, information from local social justice organizations, and live musical performances from 2 to 4 pm.

Fair Performance Schedule
2 pm: Lucy Kalantari (Children's Music)
2:45 pm: Shawn Patric Ferguson (Instrumental Jazz and Rock)
3:30 pm: Elaine Romanelli (Singer-Songwriter)

Service:Missa Gaia – Winter/Halley
Anthem(s): Ubi caritas – Halley
i thank You God – Levine