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10/4/2007-Tyler

Blessing of The Animals

Thursday is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. In remembrance of this, a blessing of the animals was held at the Humane Society of Smith County.

"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 your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all creatures! Amen."

After the prayer the animals were gently sprinkled with holy water. The blessing is for all animals.

 

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