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Switch to Forum Live View FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI -- THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
3 years ago  ::  Oct 04, 2014 - 1:55PM #1
Mysty101
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Hi.
I wasn't able to get Darby to Church today, but I did find this, and prayed for him.

THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Leader: The Lord be with you.
All : And also with you.
Leader: Let us pray

Collect for St. Francis
Most high, omnipotent good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this
world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole
creation with perfectness of joy. O God, you have made us and all living things. You are even more
wonderful than what you have made. We thank you for giving us these pets who bring us joy. As
you take care of us, so also we ask your help that we might take care of those who trust us to look
after them. By doing this, we share in your own love for all creation. We ask this in Jesus' name.
Amen.


THE BLESSING OF EACH PET (INDIVIDUALLY)
The blessing is usually done with the sprinkling of water over the animal and the owner.
"N., (name of animal, i.e. "Smokey", not cat/dog) may you be blessed in the Name of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. May you and (the name of the "owner") enjoy life together
and find joy with the God who created you."
or this
"N., may you be blessed in the Name of God who created you, and may you and (owner’s name)
enjoy life together with our God."
or this
May you be blessed in the Name God, the Creator, Redeemer and of the Sustainer. May you and
your animals enjoy life together and find joy with the God who created you. Amen.

THE BLESSING PRAYER
Most high, almighty Lord, our Creator, yours are the praise, the glory, the honour and all
blessings! To you alone do all things belong. Be praised for giving us the animals, birds and fish
which fill your world. May we think of you and thank you when we play with and care for our pets.
Be praised for making us so happy to have our pets and to have them to play with. We ask you,
Lord, that we may be good to our pets always, so that they may be happy also. Help us always to take care of them so that they will be healthy. O God, your world is wonderful. May we all come into your even greater world of the kingdom of heaven where we shall see even more wonderful things and where we shall live and love for ever. This we ask to your eternal praise, and to our blessing. Amen.

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