The Fellowship of Life
A PRAYER FOR ANIMALS
O God, you have made all living things, and you love them all.
Bless all living creatures, especially those in the service and in the homes of men.
Grant that no man may ever be thoughtlessly, callously, or deliberately cruel to the dumb animals who have no voice to speak and no power to defend themselves from the actions of men.
Grant that those who keep animals as pets within their homes may care for them as they ought to be cared for, may never neglect them, or cause them needless suffering or pain.
Bless all animals in captivity, and grant that their masters and their trainers may always be kind.
The animals have given to men their strength and their work, and often even their devotion and their love; grant that men may give to them the care which they deserve as creatures whom your hands have made and for whom your heart cares.
This I ask for your love's sake. Amen.
N.B. The Rev. Prof. Barclay was an early Patron of the Fellowship of Life.
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