This is a liturgy I put together for a service of remembrances for a beloved animal companion. You are free to modify the language from the King James style English if you wish. Sorry for the strange spacing; strange things happen when I cut and paste from Word.

A Liturgy on the Occasion of the Death of a Beloved Animal

C: The Lord be with you.

R: And with thy spirit

Let us pray:

Almighty and everliving God, whom all creatures praise and glorify according to their station, we give the thanks for the life of  ****, who offered his/her life in love and companionship to his/her human friends. As we mourn his/her passing, may we be ever mindful of the promise that Thy entire creation will be redeemed and remade, and for the hope that we will see our companion once again. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. A-men.

Canticle: Ps. 148:1-12 (read responsively at the level of the whole verse):

O PRAISE the LORD from the heavens: * praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all ye angels of his: * praise him, all his host.

Praise him, sun and moon: * praise him, all ye stars and light.

Praise him, all ye heavens, * and ye waters that are above the heavens.

Let them praise the Name of the LORD: * for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.

He hath made them fast for ever and ever: * he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.

Praise the LORD from the earth, * ye dragons and all deeps;

Fire and hail, snow and vapours, * wind and storm, fulfilling his word;

Mountains and all hills; * fruitful trees and all cedars;

Beasts and all cattle; * creeping things and flying fowls;

Kings of the earth, and all peoples; * princes, and all judges of the world;

Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the LORD: * for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost:

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be * world without end. A-men.

Reading: Genesis 1:24-25:

And God said, let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

C: Here endeth the lesson.

R: Thanks be to God.

C: The Lord be with you.

R: And with thy spirit.

C: Let us pray:

Together:

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Canticle: Ps. 36:5-9 (read responsively at the level of the whole verse):

Thy mercy, O LORD, reacheth unto the heavens, * and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.

Thy righteousness standeth like the strong mountains: * thy judgments are like the great deep.

Thou, LORD, shalt save both man and beast: how excellent is thy mercy, O God! * and the children of men shall put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

They shall be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house; * and thou shalt give them drink of thy pleasures, as out of the river.

For with thee is the well of life; * and in thy light shall we see light.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost:

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be * world without end. A-men.

Reading: Romans 8:18-23:

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

C: Here endeth the lesson.

R: Thanks be to God.

C: The Lord be with you.

R: And with thy spirit.

C: Let us pray:

We commend this Thy creature **** to Thy loving care, that at the restoration of all creation at the end of time, **** may rise and live again to glorify Thee and to be our friend and companion once more. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son Our Lord, who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. A-men.

 

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