THE FEAST OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
THEBLESSING OF GOD'S ANIMALS
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Opening Hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful
O God, who has made all the earth and every creature that dwells upon it: Help us we pray, to treat with compassion the living creature. entrusted to our care; That they may not suffer from neglect nor become the victims of any harm; and Grant that in caring for them we may find a deeper understanding of your love of all Creation, though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lesson: Genesis 1:1-2, 20-25
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said." Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let the birds fly shove the earth across the firmament of the heavens." So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them saying "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas and let birds multiply on the earth." And God said," Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the ground according to its kind. And God saw it was good. Amen.
Anthem: God Made The Animals, Ruth Elaine Sehram
A Song of Creation[Read in unison by all. Please remain seated.]
Anthem: Feed My Lambs, Natalie Sleeth
Choristers of The Royal School of Church Music
The Blessing of God's Animals
At this time, please come forward with your animals so that they may each be blessed. Please move forward in line. You will be greeted by a priest who will bless your pet. An acolyte will give your pet a special tag commemorating this shared experience. Once your pet has been blessed please return to your seat for the blessing (for humans) and dismissal.
Dismissal Priest: Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord, caring for all his creatures.
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