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A Publication of
Catholic Concern for Animals


Selections From The Ark
Number 201 - Autumn/Winter 2005


  1. To you, O God, we lift our supplications,
    Confessing all that we may try to hide.
    Take to your arms our grief for all creation,
    Suffering through war, injustice, greed and pride.
  2. Help us to live in peace with all your creatures,
    Wisely and thoughtfully, good stewards be.
    Inspire us, Lord, to grow in your true likeness,
    Our lives enriched by earth’s diversity.
  3. Lord. Feed our hearts with grains of truth and mercy,
    Sow in our lives the seeds of earth’s rebirth.
    ’Till, in your time, the wolf and lamb together
    Lie down in safety, peace and lowly mirth.

Written by Linda Bodicoat. Copyright 2004.

Sung to Highwood; O Perfect Love; or, Lord of the Years (

This is the latest of many superb animal welfare hymns written by Linda, who has also published prayer cards for pet bereavement and Animal Welfare Sunday. Five of the hymns (‘Dear Lord, accept the prayers we offer’, ‘Loving Shepherd of Creation’, ‘Blest soul, who works with such compassion’, ‘Answer the Shepherd’s Call’, and the one above) are printed on an attractive leaflet ‘Hymns for All Creatures Great and Small’ for use at services of thanksgiving and blessing for animals at St Francistide. Multiple orders of these leaflets are available at cost price, including p&p, from 5 for £1.20 to 250 at £23. (Greater numbers also possible). The prayer cards are also available, from 10 at £2.25 to 1,000 at £68.84 (all prices UK only, overseas postal rates differ).

l For all enquiries and orders, contact Mrs Linda J. Bodicoat, Rose Cottage,

Highfield St., Earl Shilton, Leic. LE9 7HS, Tel: 01455 846085.

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