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Blessing of the Animals

  Blessing of the Pets


Prayer for my Pet

In your infinite wisdom, Lord God, when You created the Universe, You blessed us with all living creatures.

We especially thank You for giving us our pets who are our friends and who bring us so much joy in life.

Their presence very often helps us get through trying times.

Kindly bless my pet.

May my pet continue giving me joy and remind me of Your power.

May we realize that as our pets trust us to take care of them, so we should trust You to take care of us, and in taking care of them we share in Your love for all Your creatures.

Enlighten our minds to preserve all endangered species so that we may continue to appreciate all of Your creations.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In what has become a favorite Immanuel autumn tradition, we gather near the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), in remembrance of his love of all creatures, to bless the animals who bring us joy.

All creatures are welcome to receive the blessing (in baskets, containers, or on leashes as needed to protect them from other nearby animals).

“All praise to you, O Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”

David blessing dog       three puppies closeup     Randy blessing kitty

You can review the 2014 service flyer by clicking here.