Pet & Animal Blessing Ritual, And Pet Naming Ceremony. Live-Streaming: 2 October 2020

PET AND ANIMAL BLESSING RITUAL, AND PET NAMING CEREMONY: FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2020 AT 8PM UK TIME
LITURGY

Here’s your invitation. It will soon be the feast of Francis of Assisi (4 October) a man who loved animals and nature in all its wonder; and here’s an invitation for you, as one who cherishes nature, to join our Facebook live-streaming event – a liturgical, inclusive, global, loving nature-centred, Universe-affirming ritual.

Here is an outline of the main (liturgical, ‘wordy’) part, ‘the Work’ of the pet and animal blessing ritual that will happen at 8pm UK time, this Friday, live-streaming on my Facebook page – if you haven’t viewed that live-streaming page of mine before, please visit that page (as I think you need to initiate a friend link, first time) to view, if you haven’t already done so. That page is: https://www.facebook.com/tadhgjonathan.gardner

So, the liturgical words, below, might be assist you participate, so do please print them beforehand.

Any problems or queries, do email at: tadhgtemp@googlemail.com

You are invited to view and/or participate, and so I hope to see you there!


OPENING SECTION

Introduction :The purpose of our ritual this evening is to meet together as one global family to think of pets and animals, to cherish them, and offer gratitude to the Creator of Pets and animals and wild nature in all its splendour.

It seems appropriate to do this today as on 4 October, a few days time, it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, who loved animals and nature in all its abundance.

Tonight, then we will offer gratitude to the Creator of All for our pets and animals, we will bless our pets, we will think of pets and animals in any kind of need, we will give thanks to departed pets, and we are privileged to also take part in a naming pet ceremony, too.

So, welcome, one and all, whenever you are, to our global family, to this pet and animal blessing ritual, tonight.

(The rest of the opening part of the ritual will follow previous rituals, and until a new, updated overall liturgy is printed, I’d like to guide you through that at the event with plenty of explanations of what is to happen, and so that won’t be added here.

However, the main part of the ritual, ‘the Work’, is the pet and animal blessing section is outlined below for you to print out, beforehand, if you wish to follow the ritual more closer. And, this is recommended. As with all rituals etc it might be good to have a candle and matches to hand.

For those of you that have sent in pet names (live or deceased) you might check through the appropriate section below to ensure I’ve got pet names spelled right. If you want to add pet names for blessings, I can still add until, say, four hours before the ritual – sending photos and pet names to my email address above.)

Here, then, is the main part, the significant part of the pet and animal blessing ritual.


GRATITUDE TO THE CREATOR OF ALL

Universe, Creator of All, manifold are your marvellous works. 
In great wisdom you have made them all;
The earth is full of splendid  creatures.
When you open your hand
They are filled with good things.
When you cover your face
They are distraught;
When you take away their breath
They wither and return…
When you send forth your life-giving Spirit
They are created;
And you renew the face of the ground.
Nothing is lost 
In the cycle of endless life.

(Based on Psalm 104: 24&28-30)


Maker of pets, and wild animals, of all that lives
All creature praise you in their own fashion.

The sun setting on the horizon ,
Flying birds soar heavenward;

The roar of wild bears,
And the frantic behaviour of small fish;

The soft purring of the cat,
And the wide-eyed hungry tiger;

The swift cheetah,
And the alert rabbit and hare;

The lapping of the loyal dog,
The graceful decent of the pigeon dove;

And others, praise you in their own fashion.

God of a thousand wild animals,
Who hears the music of the creatures.
Resound throughout space and time,
All creation praises you for life.


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand or stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stand as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn in Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

(William Henry Davies)


May we stand and stare in gratitude, in nature in all its wildness,
To the Maker of All;
and in silence, be thankful.


BLESSING OF OUR PETS LIVING WITH US

As each pet is named by me I will say, after, ‘Bless you [pet’s name] and your human companion, and both of you enjoy your company even more’. You might like to say the words, ‘Bless you’ to your pet at the same time. If you can touch the pet as each is blessed by me, that’s good, but visualising the pet in your mind’s eye is sufficient.

And so,

Bless you [pet’s name] and your human companion, and may both of you enjoy your company even more’.

And I will say after each of the following:

Angus (dog)
Dugie (cat)

Cocoa (cat)
Nichols (cat)
Mui Mui (cat)
Eve (dog)
Clover (dog)

Mr Patch (dog)

Jacques Cousteau (dog)
Luna (dog)
Piper (dog)
Simba (cat)
Nala (cat)

Willow (dog)

Fiona (dog)

Lugh Kalen (dog)
Layla (cat)

Daisy (dog)
Blu (dog)
Phoebe (cat)

(Other names may be added until a few hours before the ritual, though they might not appear here, but they will be noted and included).

BLESSING OF OUR PETS PASSED ON

As each pet that has passed on is named by me I will say, after, ‘Bless you [pet’s name] and the love you brought to your human companion. You live on our memories’. You might like to say the words, ‘Bless you’ to your passed on pet at the same time, and visualise the pet in your mind’s eye.

‘Bless you [pet’s name] and the love you brought to your human companion. You live on in our memories’.

And I will say after each of the following:

Seamus (dog)
Mollie (dog)
Annie (cat)
Callie (cat)

Hudson (dog)
Vartan (dog)

Siw (dog)

(Other names may be added until a few hours before the ritual, though they might not appear here, but they will be noted and included).

THINKING OF PETS AND ANIMALS IN NEED

May the healing power of Life itself
Reach across the universe
To all sentient life forms,
Especially, but not only, to those who are endangered species,
Or who are sick and suffering.

MEDITATION

(There May be a few minutes for creative visualisation / meditation / music at this moment).

PET NAMING CEREMONY

Nancy has agreed for this to be part of our pet and animal ritual live-streaming event tonight, rather than this to be a one to one event live-streaming or an at-home ceremony for her and her new pet. 

And so , tonight as you look on at home, do uphold Nancy and her new pet dog in your well-wishes as I conduct, now a brief,  pet naming ritual.

Aware of our kinship with all creatures, and the responsibility placed on us for our pets, we turn to Nancy.

[Person’s name], do you have a name for your  new, companion pet [dog, cat etc].

Person: I do.

What is his/her name to be?

Person: His/Her name is to be [pet’s name]

Okay, Nancy as you’re some distance from me and we’re doing this by live-streaming, I’d invite you to touch Oscar’s head, and as you do that I will say to your new companion…

I name you, Oscar

[Person’s name], Will you care for Oscar, and love and protect him, in good times and bad, as long as he lives?

Person: I will.

[Person’s name], I bless you with an abundance of good things in life as you share life with your companion [pet animal, name].

And, [pet’s name], I bless you with an abundance of good things in life as you share your life with [person’s name].


We give thanks for our dear pets who live alongside us as both companions and friends; for their loyalty, for their love, and for their trust which enrich our lives and give us joy.

And now, to all assembled here, or rather viewing as this is a live-streaming event at home, may we all send light and peace, love and well-wishes to Nancy and Oscar, by saying ‘so be it”, ‘yes’ or ‘amen’, or any word or phrase that you are comfortably with, now. Amen.

Bless both [person’s name] and [pet’s name].

CLOSING SECTION

(Now, we come to the ending of the ritual, as with the opening part, I’ll guide you through this at the actual event.

Meanwhile, do take care, and remember, you are most welcome at the pet and animal blessing ritual)

Blessings, Tadhg.

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