In honor of the feast day of St. Francis, we had a pet blessing at church today. Here is part of the liturgy we used.
O most holy God, you have bestowed upon humanity the gift of companionship from your creation. We pray that you would continue to bless us as we live with these creatures who teach us daily the values of trust and love. Bring us to a place in our lives where we may perceive that your hand is upon all of your created order, and so, honor you in how we treat your creation. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
Here are a few photos. Smokey is the black dog in the bottom shot, and the fluffly light dog with him is his friend Charlie.
I didn't get any photographs of the actual blessing itself. (Miscommunication about how the camera worked. My fault.) Even so, you can see we had a beautiful day for the service.