Prayer is a powerful factor in healing and wholeness. The ‘energy signature’ of a heartfelt prayer resonates with the energetic vibration of the beings giving and receiving the prayer, positively affecting their body, mind and spirit.
I have compiled a selection of beautiful prayers from different faiths, which are perfect for when your furbaby is sick, dying, or has died. These prayers can also be said at any time, for the benefit of all suffering animals everywhere. Simply make your intention clear in your mind and your heart before you begin praying/chanting.
St. Francis of Assisi: Patron saint of Animals and Animal Welfare
St. Gertrude of Nivelles: Patron Saint of Cats
St. Anthony the Abbott: Patron Saint of Domestic Animals
St.Nicholas of Tolentino: Patron Saint of Sick Animals
Prayer for the Animals (by Albert Schweister)
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends, the animals.
Especially for animals who are suffering; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them, we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals, and so to share the blessings of the merciful.
Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.
Prayers for Sick Animals
Healing and transforming God, your love knows no boundaries, and in your sight every life is precious; look with compassion on [name of animal], and make us your agents of healing in a broken world. Amen.
God of the universe, be present with this your creature. Bless [name of animal] and [name of human companion] who cares for him/her, now and always. Amen.
May God, who heals the sick, defends the vulnerable, cares for the poor, and liberates all creation from suffering and injustice, bring us all to that peaceable kingdom when all creatures shall live in harmony and all suffering shall be transformed into joy. Amen.
PRAYER TO ST. FRANCIS FOR OUR PETS
Good St. Francis, you loved all of God’s creatures.
To you they were your brothers and sisters.
Help us to follow your example of treating every living thing with kindness.
St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals, watch over my pet and keep my companion safe and healthy.
St. Francis of Assisi Prayer for Sick Animals:
You created all things for your glory and made us stewards of this creature.
If it is your will, restore it to health and strength.
Blessed are you, Lord God, and holy is your name forever and ever.
PRAYER FOR OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS
Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is
wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our
special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to
take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends,
new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of
Yours. They have trust in us as we have in You; our souls and
theirs are on this earth together to give one another friendship,
affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill
or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome
whatever weakness of body they have.
(Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer).
Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows
to all Your creatures. From our souls to theirs goodness flows,
touching each of us with the reflection of Your love. Grant to our
special animal companions long and healthy lives. Give them good
relationships with us, and if You see fit to take them from us, help
us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing
closer to You. Grant our prayer through the intercession of good
St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures.
Give him the power to watch over our animal friends until they are
safely with You in eternity, where we someday hope to join them in
giving You honor forever. Amen.
Medicine Buddha Mantra:
Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha Bekanze Radza Sambudgate Soha
Pronuncation: Tie-ah-tah Om Bek-an-zay Bek-an-zay Rahd-zah Sum-bood-gah-tay So-ha
Explanation: This is a prayer, in Ancient Sanskrit, that asks for healing of the body and healing of the spirit. If it is time for the body to die, then this prayer will support the best possible conditions in the next transition for the spirit/soul of that being. This is a beautiful and powerful Buddhist mantra—one of the most popular among all Buddhists.
Radza Sambudgate Soha
Pronuncation: Rahd-zah Sum-bood-gah-tay So-ha
Explanation: This is a very short version of the Medicine Buddha mantra (above). Recite whichever feels best to you.
Om Mani Padme Hung
Pronunciation: Om Mah-nee Pahd-mee Hoong
Explanation: This is the universal mantra of compassion. There is no exact translation, but this mantra helps to purify the spirit/soul of your beloved, surrounding it with love and guiding it to an existence of love and peace.
Om Amitabha Hri
Pronuncation: Om Amee-tah-bah Hree
Explanation: Buddha Amitabha is the Buddha of eternal life and eternal light. This is the perfect mantra to recite at the time of death. You are asking Buddha Amitabha to take care of their spirit/soul and to take them to a paradise of peace and happiness.
Buddhist Prayers in English
Oh Buddhas & Bodhisattvas of the ten directions and the three times, please protect and guide (your animal’s name) on her journey. May she be free from fear and clinging to this life. May she have a favorable rebirth. Om.
May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering;
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness;
May all beings never be separated from happiness free from suffering;
May all beings have peace. (adapted version)
Janaha Tapaha Satyam
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodyat
Jah-nah-ha Tah-pah-ha Saht-yahm
Tut Sah-vi-tour Vah-ren-yahm
Bah-go De-vahs-yah Dee-mah-hee
Dee-yo Yo-nah-ha Prah-cho-dye-aht
The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful and sacred of Sanskrit mantras. When you recite this mantra with loving thoughts of your beloved in your mind, you are blessing them, blessing their spirit with the love that pervades all of creation, bringing them peace, love and happiness.