Prayers for animals of various faiths

 Prayer for the Loss of a Beloved Pet                                                                                 “Eternal Spirit, we bring you our grief in the loss of [name of pet] and ask for the courage to bear it. We bring you our thanks for [name of pet] who lived among us and gave us freely of his/her love. We commit our friend and companion [name of pet] into your loving hands. Give us eyes to see how your love embraces all creatures and every living thing speaks to us of your love. Amen.”

 

A Prayer After the Loss of a Pet
Dear God, My pet was so special. The death of this beautiful animal has left me empty and depressed. Please help me bridge this paralyzing time with the memories of the joy we shared. Let me alwas focus on the delight my pet brought to my life. Animals are such a wonderful part of the world you created, and the loss of this one will be with me always. I may, in time, share my life with a new pet, but the memories of this one will never be replace
d. Amen
~ Sister Helen

 

Prayer From a Homeless Pet
A Cat’s Prayer
Dear God, please send me somebody who’ll care! I’m so tired of running and sick with despair. My body is aching and filled with such pain; And dear God I pray, as I run in the rain that someone will love me and give me a home, a warm cozy bed, and food of my own. My last owner left me alone in the yard…I watched as they moved, and God that was hard. So I waited a while, then went on my way to rummage in garbage and live as a stray. But now, God, I’m so tired and hungry and cold; and I’m so afraid that I’ll never grow old. They’ve chased me with sticks and hit me with straps while I run in the streets just looking for scraps! I’m not really bad, God, please help if you can, for I have become just a “Victim of Man!” I’m wormy, dear God, and I’m ridden with fleas; and all that I want is an owner to please! If you find one for me, God, I’ll try to be good. I won’t scratch the carpet; I’ll do as I should. I’ll love them, play with them, and try to obey. I will be so grateful if they let me stay! I don’t think I’ll make it too long on my own, ’cause I’m getting weak and I’m so alone. Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry, ’cause I’m so afraid, God, that I’m gonna die. I’ve got so much love and devotion to give, that I should be given a new chance to live! So dear God, please hear me, please answer me, please answer my prayer, and send me somebody who will REALLY care.
~ Author Unknown

 

Buddhist
“May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their pain. May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free. May the powerless find power, and may people befriend all life. May those of all species who find themselves lost, the young, the aged, the unprotected, be guarded by beneficent celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.”
-Buddhist Prayer for Peace

 

For A Sick or Injured Animal
Heavenly Father,
You created all things for your glory and made us stewards of this creature. If it is your will, restore it to health and strength. Blessed are you, Lord God, and holy is your name for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

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 St. 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

 

Blessing for a Sick Pet
Lord take this pet if it be your will she’s so young and small and she’s oh so ill Don’t let her suffer we ask you please take this little soul and set our mind at ease

Guide her to Heaven where she’ll be at home where with all the other animals; she can play and roam Playing all day up in the meadows above cradled in Your arms covered with Your love

With no more aches and no more pains she’ll play in bright sunshine no more rain We’ll see her again we know we will so take her Lord if it be your will.                                                                                                                                          John Quealy

 

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
St. Francis of Assisi

 

Catholic Prayer for Human Responsibility:
~ Dom Ambose Agius OSB, MA
O Lord God, our heavenly Father, Who hast bidden us be merciful, as Thou art merciful, and without Whom not a sparrow falls to the ground; continue, we pray Thee, to lead by Thy Spirit, Thy Church into all the Truth as to Thy will for our fellow creatures, the animals, and teach us more and more to deal with them in all ways as Thou wouldst have us do. If in anything we are offending against them, and so against Thee, through the hardening force of custom, or through want of thought and of diligent study of Thy Word, make this, too, clear to us, and for our souls’ health, convict us of these our sins of ignorance. Purge the life of society of all cruelty that may lurk in the quest of our food, in the pride of dress, in the excitement of sport, and in the pursuit of lknoweldge and in circuses and menageries, and that resulting from our own selfishness or neglect, since animals are often more loyal to us than we to them.

And particularly we pray Thee for those engaged in the blessed work of healing, that they may not stain the Christ-likeness of their devotion by callousness towards any of Thy creatures, but may be led by Thy Holy Spirit into all knowledge needful for their art by ways that shall not add to the groaning and travailing of Thy creation, or grieve Thy fatherly heart; through Him Who is Light from Light, and Love from Love, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

Catholic Prayer for the Animals
Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is a wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of yours. They have trust in us as we have trust in You; We are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have. ( Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer ) Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. Grant to our special animal companions ong and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our petitions through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures.
(Author Unknown)

 

Celtic Horses of Healing
Good health gallops full speed, Like a pony colt of Connemara Slow even the mighty Clydesdale. Sickness is the bridle of halting. Christ, rider of donkeys And tender of wounded sheep, Lead us to green pastures of Healing

 

Celtic The Earth of God
O God, at the very center From whom all being ripples forth, Bring us to the circled cross. There to be saved. There to be healed. There to be enlivened.

For without Christ Divine, at the crux, The center does not hold. Without reverence all around, The Great Circle is broken Without recycling and reviving- The great circle is broken- The web does not hold.

The whales sing sad songs. The bear, fewer woods to roam. Rainforests, torched and trampled. Rivers choked and clogged. Ask the Ancient Ones. Be they kinfolk, clan, tribe, nation They will tell you.

The trees do sing! The rocks do speak! The soil gives birth! God’s breath fills the Earth! We live on the Earths Circle.

Christs Halo – the moon, sun, stars, and planets. To heal the Great Circle is to recircle. To heal is to forgive and mend. This day, and every day, Let me heal my circle, Blessing and reverencing all around.

I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty beneath me. I walk with beauty behind me. I walk with beauty above me. I walk with beauty all in and around me. Your Earth, our home, is so beautiful, O God.
~ William John Fitzgerald, from A Contemporary Celtic Prayer Book

 

Native American-WE ARE ALL GOD’S CREATURES
Grandfather Great Spirit,
All over the world, The faces of living things are alike. With tenderness, they have come up out of the ground. Look upon your children that they may face the winds And walk the good road to the day of quiet. Grandfather Great Spirit, Fill us with the Light. Give us the strength to understand and the eyes to see. Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives To all that live.
~Sioux Prayer