All Creatures of Our God and King

Around the year 1225 CE, shortly before his death, Saint Francis of Assisi penned the words to All Creatures Of Our God and King.  On October 4th we celebrate this Saint's Feast Day, in conjunction with the anniversary of his death.  He died in the year 1226 CE.

Saint Francis is known for his love of animals and care for the environment.  One of the ways in which we celebrate Saint Francis is that often times churches will have A Service for The Blessing of the Animals.  This service is meant to point to our calling as Christians to not only love God and neighbor but also to love and care for God's creation and creatures.  From the beginning we were charged with the responsibility to be good stewards of all of creation.  

A Blessing for the Animals  

by Charissa Jaeger-Sanders

Gracious and Loving God

You who made all of creation

We come this day to celebrate all Your creation

Of the animals we raise to You 

The furry, the featherd, the finned

And those without fur, feathers, or fins

They are each wonderfully made

Pointing to You Creator God

You who pays attention to every detail 

We praise Your whimsy and sense of humor 

     In making animals like the duck billed platypus

We praise Your compassion 

     In giving us a heart for animals and welcoming them into our hearts,

     lives, and homes

We praise Your majesty

     When we see animals like the eagle soar and the lion roar

We realize Your Greatness and Strength

     When we see animals like the Great Whale, the Elephant, and the

     Grizzly Bear

We see Your love when we notice how animals care for one another

     when we see creatures like Meerkats and Monkeys

We even see You in the smallest of creatures 

     In animals like ants, dragonflies, butterflies, and bees

We see Your Enduring Presence 

     In the animals that survive in harsher climates like the deserts and 

     the tundras

All of Creation bears Your fingerprints and handiwork

Your Holy Spirit breathes life into all things

You care for the birds that soar in the skies, the fish and creatures that swim in the seas and waters, and those that walk, crawl, and slither on the land

Since the Beginning You have used animals in Your service

Bless these animals in our lives, seen and unseen

Give us eyes to see them as You see them

And Hearts to love them as You love them

May we never take them for granted, exploit them, or abuse them

Bless these animals and all animals 

That when we see them we see Your care for all creation

Send us out into the world loving as You love

In the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 

Pour out Your Blessings and Presence on All Creation

Your Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven



Take some time this week, to do a prayer walk in nature.  Get outside.  Walk and pray.  Notice all of God's wonderful creation.  Pray for each part -- from the tinies of creatures to the largest, for all plants and animals.  As you walk and pray be mindful of the God who loves you, created you, and created all good gifts in the world.

As you celebrate Saint Francis, may his words inspire and guide you:

All Creatures Of Our God and King 

1. All creatures of our God and King,

lift up your voice and with us sing,

O praise ye!  Alleluia!

O brother sun with golden beam,

O sister moon with silver gleam!

O praise ye!  O praise ye!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

2. O brother wind, air, clouds, and rain,

by which all creatures ye sustain,

O praise ye!  Alleluia!

Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,

ye lights of evening, find a voice!

O praise ye!  O praise ye!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

3. O sister water, flowing clear,

make music for thy Lord to hear,

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

O brother fire who lights the night,

providing warmth, enhancing sight,

O praise ye!  O praise ye!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

4. Dear mother earth, who day by day

unfoldest bleassings on our way,

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,

let them God's glory also show!

O praise ye!  O praise ye!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

5. All ye who are of tender heart,

forgiving others, take your part,

O praise ye!  Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

praise God and on him cast your care!

O praise ye!  O praise ye!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

6. And thou, our sister, gentle death,

waiting to hush our latest breath,

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Thou leadest home the child of God,

and Christ our Lord the way has trod,

O praise ye!  O praise ye!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

7. Let all things their Creator bless,

and worship him in humbleness,

O praise ye!  Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

and praise the Spirit, Three in One!

O praise ye!  O praise ye!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

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