Drive-Thru & Virtual Interfaith Blessing of the Animals

Drive-Thru and Virtual Interfaith Blessing of the Animals

2PM – 3PM

102 the Plains Road, Middleburg, Virginia or join us virtually on Zoom


The NSLM and Emmanuel Episcopal Church are excited to host our annual Interfaith Blessing of the Animals, October 4th, 2020 at 2PM.

This year, we are offering a drive-thru blessing on the NSLM campus and individual virtual blessings via Zoom.

Bring your furry, feathered, scaley, or Teddy Bear friends to be blessed in honor of Saint Francis Day!

We will be creating a one-way path thru the NSLM campus for our in-person blessing of the animals, please see the map below for traffic flow. Volunteers from the NSLM, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and our partner organizations will be onsite to help direct traffic, pass out goodie bags, and be on hand to help answer any questions.

We ask that all participants:

  • Join us for the service online at 2PM via Facebook Live and Zoom
  • Follow the designated traffic patterns after the service for the individual blessing
  • Stay in your cars and wear your masks
  • If you are coming with a trailer, please park in the designated trailer parking spaces and a minister will come to you

If you are joining us virtually, please email for the Zoom link. We will have a minister available to conduct individual blessings to all participants joining us virtually. You will be placed in virtual waiting room and admitted into your private session.


For any questions please contact

Note: The service and blessings, led by The Rev. Gene LeCouteur of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, are ecumenical, with people of all faiths encouraged to participate. For clergy who are interested in participation in the blessing, please contact The Rev. Gene LeCouteur at 540.687.6297 or

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  • Address: 102 The Plains Road,
    Middleburg, VA 20117

  • Mailing Address: PO Box 1335, Middleburg, VA 20118

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