Blessings Animals And Pets

Blessing of animals can be either of the animal or of the human-animal relationship, and can apply to pets and other companion animals, or to agricultural animals and working and other animals which humans depend on or interact with.

We have collected some of the best prayers Blessings Animals And Pets to use in request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith.

The Blessing of Pets & 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! Amen.

A Pet Blessing

Dearest God, Heavenly Father
maker of all living creatures,
we ask you to bless (name of pet),
who brings so much joy into our lives.
By the power of Your love,
enable him (her) to live according to your plan.
May we always praise You for all Your beauty in creation.
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
Blessed are You, God, in all Your creatures!

— Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.

The blessing of a pet dog.

The blessing of a pet dog.

A Covenant Liturgy for Human and Animal Companions

Mindful of our kinship with all living creatures, and our responsibility to care for them, let us renew our covenant with the animals in our care.
Leader: Will you name this creature?
Human: (name of animal is given)
Leader: Will you care for [name], and love and protect him/her, in good times and bad, as long as he/she lives?
Human: I will.

(The human companion is invited to touch/pat/stroke the animal as a sign of the covenant reaffirmed between them.)

We give thanks for the creatures who live alongside us as companions and friends; for their loyalty, love, and trust which enrich our lives and give us joy. May we learn the value of kindness, the power of mercy, the strength of gentleness, and a new spirit of humility. Amen.

–From Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care by the Rev. Andrew Linzey

The Canticle of the Creatures by Saint Francis of Assisi

Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love, and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no living man can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.

Blessing of the Animals

by Laura Hobgood-Oster

Introduction:

God created the animals – birds of the air, fish of the sea, and the many beloved creatures who walk or crawl on the earth – and
God declared them all to be good. The glory of a horse running, the beauty of an eagle in flight, the majesty of a dolphin leaping
all display the wonder of sacred life. We are gathered here today to bless the animals that are in our midst, those who are our very
close companions, and to ask for God’s blessing on these friends and on the many animals who share this Earth with us.

We are also here to repent, to recognize that, as a powerful animal ourselves, we do not always live kindly with all of God’s
creatures. We pray that this time together, a time of recognition of the gifts and worthiness of every living being, will remind us
that all life is precious to God.

Let us pray:

O sweet maker of all, we ask your blessing on every creature gathered here today, the large and the small. May they live peacefully
in praise of you. Bless us all to love your creation, and revere its sacredness. We ask this blessing in the name of the one who was
is, and always will be, our Creator, to whom every creature belongs. (From the Duke Chapel Blessing)

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 1:20-25; Isaiah 11:6-9; Job 12:7-10; Proverbs 12:10 – any number of scriptures work here – and for a more interfaith or
secular occasion, you can include a poem
Brief Meditation on Scripture (if so desired): usually reflects on the role of animals in our lives.

Blessing of All the Pets:

God, our Creator, we as you to bless our pets with Your light and love. May our animal friends have good health, happy lives and
always be protected and safe. We ask for better understanding as we learn from our animal friends’ wisdom, their innocence, their
loyalty and particularly their seeming ability to not judge human beings unkindly. Thank you for the pleasures, playfulness and
sometimes the surprising humor our pets display. Thank you for their companionship and friendship especially for those lonely
hours we may have experienced. Thank you for our companions’ natural ability to teach us to be aware of the present moment.
Thank you for the pure beauty of every animal – their form, color, texture, motion is all a work of art, and may we appreciate Your
creation of this masterpiece. Bless all animals in harm’s way, heal the sick, protect those who are lost, and guide them to safety.
Thank you for the gift of love. Amen

(Invite animals for individual blessings)

Individual Blessings (as each pet comes forward):

“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
this beloved creature 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! Amen.”

A Paean of Praise for Animals

O Lord,
What a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
teeming with life of every kind,
both large and small….
They all depend on you
to give them food as they need it.
When you supply it, they gather it.
You open your hand to feed them,
and they are richly satisfied….
When you give them your breath, life is created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord continue forever!
The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!

(Psalm 67:24-25, 27-28, 30-31, NLT).

A Blessing for a Beloved Animal

Blessed are you, Lord God,
who made every living thing with which the water teems,
and every winged bird,
the livestock,
the creatures that move along the ground,
and the wild animals,
and called it all “good.”
Thank you for this animal,
for its life that comes from you,
and for the love and joy it brings.
Please bless this creature
and let our loving care for him/her be a reflection of your loving nature.
We praise you for all your beauty in creation, and especially for this expression of your love.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.

—by Bob Hostetler

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Andrew Gray, his military working dog, Aja, and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Ian Stephenson, his military working dog, Rex, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, security forces receive a blessing from Cmdr. Ron Neitzke, command chaplain. The blessing was in recognition of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julia A. Casper/Released)

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Andrew Gray, his military working dog, Aja, and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Ian Stephenson, his military working dog, Rex, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, security forces receive a blessing from Cmdr. Ron Neitzke, command chaplain. The blessing was in recognition of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julia A. Casper/Released)

Prayer for a Sick Animal

Merciful God,
you created all things for your glory
and have graciously allowed us this animal to love.
Please look kindly on him and restore him to health and strength.
Please deliver her from fear and pain,
and grant us wisdom in our care for her,
in the name of Jesus, amen.

—by Bob Hostetler

Prayer for Animals in Need

Lord God,
you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power.
You created all things for your glory,
yet there are those in your Creation who languish in pain and suffering.
Please look kindly upon those animals who are in need this day,
whether they are in the wild, on the streets, in captivity, or elsewhere.
Deliver those who are hurt, abused, hungry, and forgotten.
Please grant that they may be treated with the loving care and respect all your Creation deserves,
in the name of Jesus, amen.

—by Bob Hostetler