Five years ago, when we were new members of the Bearnaise Sauce Dog Club, I had the opportunity to conduct a Blessing of the Berners at the club's annual meeting. I adapted the liturgy from a book called Animal Rites. Having no idea of the religious affiliations of people in the club, I made the blessing what I thought of as small "u" unitarian. I also wrote a special verse for "All Things Bright and Beautiful" (Cecil F. Alexander) about Bernese Mountain Dogs.
I share the liturgy here and ask for your prayers for Molly, who is not doing well.
Blessing of the Animals
Welcome and Opening
One: We have come together to
rejoice with God the Creator at the beauty of the Earth and her creatures,
especially our beloved companion animals.
us sing to God a new song: a song for all the creatures of the earth.
One: Let us
rejoice in the goodness of God shown in the beauty of all things, large
All: Let us marvel at the little
creatures and the large, who are innocent in God’s sight.
Song “All Things Bright and Beautiful”
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
Our dear God made them all.
Each little flower
Each little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colors,
God made their tiny wings.
The loving, noble
With coat rust, black
Is our beloved
Whose spirit brings
Prayer for Animals in
Need and Those who Care for Them
One: Creator of All, as you blessed
the living creatures at the beginning of the world, we pray that you will now
bless, preserve and heal all creatures who are abused and who suffer terribly
at human hands. You are the God of
liberation; no cry of pain is unheard in heaven and no injustice escapes your
All: Loving Creator, hear our prayers.
One: Healing and Transforming God,
we also lift up today our beloved creatures who face grave illness and also the
people who love them. Be present with
these creatures and prepare us all for that final transfiguration when all
suffering shall be transformed into joy and your kingdom shall reign on earth
as in heaven.
All: Loving Creator, hear our
One: Blessing God, who gives
strength to those who struggle and to those who endure; bless us with a
compassionate heart that feels with you the injustice of the world, and help us
to strive towards that peaceable kingdom in which all your creatures shall be
free from pain and live with you for all eternity.
All: Loving Creator, hear our
Blessing of Individual
(Please bring your companion/s
forward to be blessed.)
Fellow Creature, friend and
companion, (Name); may God your
Creator bless, defend and keep you, this day and forever. Amen.
One: Gracious One, you have blessed
us with these loving companions. Thank
you for the great gift they are to our lives.
Make us as loving as they are; make us as giving as they are; for if we
are then we may join in the beautiful words of Julian of Norwich and surely say
All: All shall be well, and all
shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. Amen.