Today, at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the clergy will be blessing animals in the courtyard between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. as it celebrates The Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals. According to St. John's website, the day is "inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, whose life exemplified harmony between humans and nature."

Also, at 2 p.m., St. John's is offering a special tour, "The Stained Glass Menagerie," which will focus on the "vast diversity of animal life that populates the windows and stones of the Cathedral," which include a frog, ape, and woolly mammoth. It's $10 per person, $8 per student/senior; meet at the Vistor Center inside the Cathedral entrance at 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (more details).