Blessing For Animals Afflicted With A Serious Disease # 1

(The priest wearing a surplice and a violet stole, says:)

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. Lord, do not act with us as our sins would demand.
R. Nor repay us according to the measure of our evils.

V. Men and cattle You will save, Lord.
R. According as You have multiplied Your mercy, O God.

V. You open Your hand.
R. And fill every animal with blessing.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry reach up to You.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

God, by the means of dumb animals
You have given help to men in their labors.
We humbly beg of You that these animals,
without which our human wants cannot be supplied,
be not lost to our use, through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Let us pray.

We humbly beg of You, Lord, in Your mercy,
that in your name and by the power of Your blessing,
You cure these animals,
afflicted with a serious disease.
May all power of the devil that is in them be driven out.
And that they be not any more afflicted by diseases, Lord,
be for them a guard of their life
and remedy producing health,
through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord,
who lives and is King and God
With You in the unity of the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

Let us pray.

Be so kind, Lord,
as to turn away from those who are faithful to You
all the scourges of punishment.
Drive away the harmful disease that is raging among the animals so that,
as with justice You punish those men who wander from Your paths,
so with mercy You may assist them
when they have amended their ways,
through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism