Spring has finally come and Easter is only a few days away - which means the blessing of the animals will be held around the country. Usually the day of the blessing is October 4th (or a date close to that), but many churches hold a blessing of the animals on Easter Sunday as well.. The blessing of the pets originated with St. Francis of Assisi, who was a poor man and a follower of Jesus. St Francis of Assisi was known not for taking the bible literally, but by doing the things that Jesus did according to the scriptures. This may be one of the reasons why St. Francis was so compassionate to animals, because we are supposed to be kind to all creatures of God - which obviously includes our pets.
At a church, the blessing of the animals is held outside, there is a blessing said aloud and then the animal is sprinkled with holy water. There's a variety of ways the blessing can be said and one of those variations is:
Dearest God, Heavenly Father
maker of all living creatures,
we ask you to bless (name of pet),
who brings so much joy into our lives.
By the power of Your love,
enable him (her) to live according to your plan.
May we always praise You for all Your beauty in creation.
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
Blessed are You, God, in all Your creatures!
Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.
When considering your plans for Easter Sunday, you may want to see if there is a church near that you may include your pet as well with the blessing of the animals.
If you do decide to attend such a service, check out our website for our beautiful spring dresses that will look lovely while your precious pup is being blessed.