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This service can be done outside and runs around 30 minutes plus the blessing of each animal:

Blessings of the Animals

 2012

“The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi”

Greeting:

The animal’s of God’s creation inhibit the skies

The earth and the sea.

They share in the fortunes of our existence

And are an important part of human life.

In the story of the great flood,

The animals were saved from the waters,

And afterwards were made a part of the covenant with Noah.

They share in Christ’s recognition of all creation.

We therefore gather to ask God’s blessings on these animals.

      As we do so, let us praise the Creator

      And give thanks for the animals in our lives.

Hymn 291   All Things Bright and Beautiful

Scripture

A Storytelling from the Book of Genesis 1

Prayer:

God created us and all the animals,

Sharing the Spirit of life with us and all creatures

Therefore let us praise God saying:

O God, how wonderful are the works of Your hands.

We thank you, God, for the gift of life;

For the beauty and wonder of creation

And for our own life which comes from you.

     O God, how wonderful are the works of Your hands.

We thank you for the richness and variety of animal life

For fish and birds, insects, reptiles and mammals

And we especially thank you for all the animals

That have gathered in our midst.

            O God, how wonderful are the works of Your hands.

We thank you for the animals

Who give us faithful companionship

Joy when we are happy and comfort when we are sad.

            O God, how wonderful are the works of Your hands.

We thank you for allowing us to care for animals

and pets of all nature

May we learn love and respect for all living things

This we pray in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ

Who taught us to pray saying….

Our Father who art in heaven

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

Forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thy is the Kingdom, the power and the glory

Forever and ever. Amen

Act of Blessings Animals (each individual animal is blessed during this time)

Bless, O God, this …………..

And fill our hearts with thanksgiving for its being

For this pet, we thank you, God

Concluding Blessing:

May God who created the animals of this earth

Continue to protect and sustain us all

Now and forever. Amen

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