On October 4, Catholics observe the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. In the Catholic Church and other denominations, it is traditional to bless animals and pets on or near that day. St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and ecology. He advocated respect for all of God’s creation, including the earth, centuries before “global warming” became a heated topic. No matter what faith beliefs you may hold, let us pray for all the animals — the ones who labor, curl up at our feet or run free in the wild — especially the ones who are sick, scared or injured. May we show respect to one another and all of God’s creation.
Prayer for Animals
God Our Heavenly Father,
you created the world to serve humanity’s needs and
to lead them to you.
By our own fault,
we have lost the beautiful relationship
which we once had with all your creation.
Help us to see that by restoring our relationship with you
we will also restore it with all your creation.
Give us the grace to see all animals as gifts from you and
to treat them with respect for they are your creation.
We pray for all animals who are suffering as a result of our neglect.
May the order you originally established
be once again restored to the whole world
through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary,
the prayers of Saint Francis and
the merits of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ
who lives and reigns with you now and forever. Amen.
— St. Francis of Assisi, additions added later, prayer from www.churchyear.net
Pet blessing cartoon from http://firstlutheranparkersburg.com/worship/special-services/special-blessings-/blessing-of-animals.html
Image of St. Francis of Assisi by unknown artist from climaterocks.com