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It is a tradition throughout the world that animals are blessed on (or near) October 4th, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Here you'll find a listing for Blessing of the Animals ceremonies throughout the United States: Pet Blessings 2009. This is the prayer that is usually offered:

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!


If you wish to do so, you might ask for a blessing and honor the memory of your deceased animal companion by lighting a candle online, here: Light a Candle.

You'll also find a place to honor your companion or ask for a blessing here: Prayer Wall for Animals

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