This is what an Episcopalian in New York City has to say:
St. Francis day is the most well-attended service of the year at my place. Bigger than Easter or Christmas (sadly!), with nearly 3,000 in attendance. Almost all have pets with them (dogs mainly, but the odd ferret, parrot and fish) and there is a procession of animals up the aisle, including a baby elephant, yak, a tortoise, baby swans, and a macaw. There is also a liturgical dance troupe with giant flags, which I feel is a bit overkill, and is just a nightmare for the ushers, as they have to keep the dogs out of the aisles so the dancers don't trip. There is an Ecology Fair after the service where animal blessing stations are set up. I do find it very frustrating though, since it is so well-attended and we do nothing for membership or fundraising. The Dean doesn't even ask people to come back. Ugh! It is such a lost opportunity.
Poor St Francis! The encounter with the leper, the embracing of poverty, his rejection by many, including his own father, the hard physical labour, the establishment of the OFM, the attempt to stop the crusade and his meeting with the Sultan, the stigmata....the list is endless and all reduced to blessing goldfish!
The new Missal is coming our way at the beginning of Advent but as we have been using the not completely revised version for the people's parts for a couple of years now hardly anyone will notice. The Altar Missals are here and there is a little booklet for the laity, if they feel they need one, with the all the new words. I think it'll be a bit of a damp squib as not many really listen to what the priest is saying anyway. Not for us complaints about the translation of "calix" in the Canon!
Apparently the new lectionary is out at the end of the first quarter of next year and readings are from the Revised Standard Version rather than the Jerusalem Bible....I wonder why?