pet blessings - St. Francis of Assisi

pet and animal blessingsSt. Francis of Assisi - lover of all creation


 

‘Do-it-yourself’ Franciscan Animal Blessing

    For all animals:

    Blessed are you, Lord God,
    maker of all living creatures.
    On the fifth and sixth days of creation,
    you called forth fish in the sea,
    birds in the air and animals on the land.
    You inspired St. Francis to call all animals
    his brothers and sisters.
    We ask you to bless this animal.
    By the power of your love,
    enable it to live according to your plan.
    May we always praise you
    for all your beauty in creation.
    Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.

    For a sick animal:

    Heavenly Father,
    you created all things for your glory
    and made us stewards of this creature.
    If it is your will, restore it to health and strength.
    Blessed are you, Lord God,
    and holy is your name for ever and ever. Amen.


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