18 October 2009

Blog Your Blessing : Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all creatures. In many towns, there are processions of animals, from dogs and cats to hamsters and horses. The animals are led to churches for a special ceremony, complete with prayer.

Statue of St. Francis of Assisi

Blessing of the Animals

Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures.
You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land.
You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters.
We ask you to bless this pet.

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!

Dedicated to my sister Flo, who lost her baby dog last week.

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PERBS said...

I do not have one but I know animals can be a blessing. Sorry about your sister's pet dying.

francis said...

didnt know st francis loved animals even though my baptismal name is after his.


CyberCelt said...

@PERBS-I believe animals are God's grace on Earth.;

@francis-You should read up on St. Francis. He was quite a man.

arun kumar said...

i love pets ..which should give equal importance

Catherine said...

I am going through your blog reading all the animal related posts first. I just love them!

I have 2 pet rats, a cat and a dog and they are all rescues. It is so sad to lose a beloved pet, but this is a lovely blessing and one I will bookmark for future reference.

prettummaa said...

I am also animal lovers are very passionate and very long) on this your thoughts to me are very close.

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