Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 3) the Massachusetts State Police will host a Blessing of the Animals for our horses and dogs.
The Blessing will be held by Father Frederick Fraini III, an MSP Chaplain, will conduct the Blessing at 11 a.m. at our Mounted Unit headquarters, 50 Wetherbee Street, Acton. Media are invited.
Horses from the MSP Mounted Section and dogs from the MSP K-9 Section will be present for the blessing. We have also invited mounted units from other police agencies in New England.
The Massachusetts State Police are very pleased to hold this Blessing for our animals, who play vital a role, often at a risk to their own safety, in protecting our citizens. They are valued and cherished members of the MSP family.
About the Celebration of the Blessing of the Animals
The Blessing of the Animals is traditionally held on the Sunday closest to October 4. (Please note that MSP could not hold the Blessing on Sunday because many of our horses were working at the Patriots game.) In the Roman Catholic tradition, October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis (1182-1226), the monk who founded the order of Franciscans, was known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals. Other denominations also have picked up on the Catholic tradition of blessing animals, particularly pets, on or around this day.