Blessings for Yom Kippur & St. Francis Day!

Today we recognize Yom Kippur and the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi!

Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday that translates to “Day of Atonement” and takes place today, October 4th, to the 5th. It is known as one of the holiest days and is honored by atoning for one’s sins. Those who participate do not work, fast for 24 hours, and spend their day in prayer at the Synagogue. White is typically worn to represent purity. 

Today is also The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi or St. Francis Day. This is when many Christians celebrate the life of St. Francis and his love for all sentient beings. St. Francis is known as the patron saint of animals and ecology. Believers attend worship and some churches host a Blessing of the Animals service. This day can remind us of how sacred all life is and to care for the Earth and all living beings.

We wish all who observe these holidays a special blessing. We encourage everyone to use this time to reflect on the importance of creation care and to use this time for introspection.

If you are interested in learning more about these important days, you can check out these resources:  Yom Kippur Resource Collection & Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi Practices

This week’s Environmental Justice Now! will highlight the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Friday, October 7th, at 12 PM.