St Francis Prayer For Sick Pets {4 Examples}

Whether you’re a human or animal, sickness and disease are terrifying experiences. They usher in sad feelings and kill our moods as we try to treat our usually joyful pets. Fortunately, we can gain strength through St. Francis prayer for animals as we plead for the restoration of good health.       

4x St Francis Prayer For Sick Pets

st francis prayer for sick pets

For All Animals

Good St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, you devoted your life to God by expressing a profound love for all his creations. You cared for the poor; you catered for the sick, and even preached sermons to animals to show us that all creatures are sister and brother under God.

We call upon you to help us follow your compassionate example. Let us treat each and every single living thing with love and kindness. Grant us empathy to embrace all creatures as member of one family and offer dignity to all of God’s creations. Invite us just as you invited all people, animals, plants, the environment and even Brother Sun and Sister Moon to give praise and honor to the most High.    

We ask that you inspire us in the name of Jesus, to keep ever alive a sense of fraternity with all those beautiful and good things that Almighty God has created. And that you remind us of our serious obligation to watch over and respect animals in light of being one big interconnected family. We ask that pray for all the sick animals and pets, and ask God to hear the pleas of sick pets all over the world.

Amen

For Sick Pets

Heavenly Father, creators of heaven and earth, you made all that we see and gave man dominion over your creations – for that we are grateful.  We thank you for the gift of our special animal companions who have brought nothing but love and joy in our lives.

We come before you today dear Lord asking for you healing power and mercies. We ask that you take away the suffering of our beloved pet (mention name here), and restore them to good health. Almighty God, make our special companion whole again; help them overcome whatever weakness of the body they may have, and they will join us in worshiping your name.

Whenever I see (pet’s name) playing/running/jumping around, I know and believe that they are singing praises in your name. Fill them with your healing light and rejuvenate their energy so they may continue to be living proof of your awesome nature. But most of all, give us a new understanding of our responsibilities so we may care for the environment as your Holy word decrees. This we pray trusting and believing in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen        

For Our Dying Pets

In your infinite wisdom Mighty God, you created the universe and breathed life into our planet. Every living thing is a part of you, and we are your trusted caretakers. I especially thank you for blessing us with our special companions who bring so much joy in our lives.

That’s why it’s so painful to watch them suffer dear Jesus. You have been faithful and healed them numerous times over the years. For that we are grateful. But this time, we fear the worst for our lovely pet, we can see that the end is near.       

We ask that you perform a miracle and grant our special family member a long, healthy life. But if you see fit to give them rest and take them away from us, give us strength to bear the loss. Help us understand they are not really gone from us, but instead drawn closer to you. And for every animal and pet lover out there who has to put their companions or flocks down due to disease or injury, grant them strength as they try to end the animal’s suffering.

Father, please grant our prayer through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi and watch over all animals until they are with you for all eternity – where we hope to someday join then in praising your Holy name.  

Amen

Traditional Franciscan Prayer for Sick Pets

Quick FYI: In the old days whenever an animal was sick, a Franciscan friar called to local farms to pray for the animal to be healed. After the prayer, he would sprinkle Holy water brought from the friary over the sick animal and give some to the farmers to bless their livestock. Below is the exact prayer uttered by the Franciscan priest; the parts with V were said by the priest while the congregation present responded with R.       

V: Our help comes to us in the Name of the Lord,

R: He who made the heavens and earth.

V: Dear Lord, please do not deal with us according to our sins,

R: Nor render judgment unto us according to our inequities.

V: For all humans and animals under Thy domain, Thou wilt save

R: O God, according to the measure Thou has multiplied Thy Mercy.

V: Thou wilt open Thy Hand,

R: And fill all animal with Thy blessings.

V: Oh Lord please hear my prayer,

R: Let my pleafull cry come unto Thee

V: May the Lord always be with you,

R: And with Thy spirit as well.

V: Let us pray. Dear Lord who offered the solace of animals unto the labors of men. Humbly we beg Thee not to allow our animals to perish, without whom our homes feel dull and empty. Heal your flock’s special companions though Crist Our Lord.

Humbly do we pray for Thy mercy so that all pets vexed by grave infirmity may be made whole in Thy Name and the Virtue of Thy blessing (make sign of cross over pet). Let them not be sick anymore, extinguish in them every evil spirit oh Defender of life and Redeemer of health.

R: Amen

V: We beseech Thee to kindly turn aside all scourges from Thy faithful and drive always all ailment and disease. So that all who have been punished for wandering from your path may be corrected and be favored with Thy mercies, through Christ our Savior.

R: Amen

If you’re looking for more prayers, why don’t you have a look at the following prayer for better days, or this one for wedding rehearsal dinner?

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