Franciscan

Blessings of Animals

It is a Franciscan tradition to bless pets on or near the Feast of St. Francis

A Pet Blessing Prayer

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 these animals gathered about us.
By the power of your love,
enable these creatures—our sisters and brothers—to
live according to your plan.
May we always praise you for your beauty in creation.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures!
Amen.

by Friar Jack Wintz, OFM

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