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Blessings of Saint Gertrude: A Prayer for the Furry and Feathered Friends

Blessings of Saint Gertrude: A Prayer for the Furry and Feathered Friends

The Life of Saint Gertrude

Saint Gertrude was a Benedictine nun born in 1256 in Thuringia, Germany. She was known for her holiness, mystical visions, and deep love for God. She dedicated her life to prayer, service to others, and the care of animals. According to legend, a mouse once ate through a manuscript that contained one of her prayers. When she discovered this, instead of being angry or upset, she prayed for the mouse’s welfare. Miraculously, the mouse was healed. This story is just one example of how much Saint Gertrude cared about all creatures great and small. As a result, she became known as the patron saint of cats and all animals.

A Prayer for Our Animal Friends:

One prayer associated with Saint Gertrude goes as follows: Eternal Father, We offer You the most Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus Christ, in union with all Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those within our own home and within our family. Amen. But what many people do not know is that this prayer can also be used as an intercessionary prayer on behalf of our furry or feathered friends: Eternal Father, We offer You the most Precious Blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ., in union with all Masses being said today all over world, specifically offered up by me today on behalf my beloved ____ [pet’s name], whom I dedicate to Your loving care. Bless him/her/them always. Amen. This simple but powerful prayer reminds us that our pets are not just animals, but creatures loved by God and deserving of our love, care, and attention.

Animal Blessing Ceremonies:

Many churches today offer animal blessing ceremonies around the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4). These services provide an opportunity for pet owners to bring their animals to mass for a special blessing. However, if you are unable to attend an animal blessing ceremony at your church or if no such ceremony is offered in your area, you can still honor Saint Gertrude’s love for animals by reciting her prayer over your pets at home.

The Biblical Perspective on Caring for Animals:

The Bible affirms the value and worth of all living creatures. In Psalm 104:24-25 we read: “How many are thy works Lord ! In wisdom hast thou made them all. The earth is full of thy riches. So is this great wide sea…and creeping things innumerable wherein are things creeping in the likeness thereof upon the earth.” This scripture passage reminds us that God created all living creatures with wisdom and care. We have a responsibility as stewards of His creation to respect and protect all forms of life. In Proverbs 12:10 we read: “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” This verse reminds us that how we treat our pets reflects our character as human beings. It also highlights the importance of ensuring that our pets receive adequate food, water, shelter, medical treatment, exercise ,love and attention.

The Gift Our Animal Friends Bring Us:

Our furry friends bring so much joy into our lives with their playful antics,cuddling up beside us during tough times,purring or wagging their tail when they see us come home.They also provide companionship,support,and emotional comfort. In return, it is our duty to make sure we are meeting their needs with the same amount of tenderness and care that they provide for us.

Can Prayer Help Overcome OCD in Humans as Well as Provide Blessings for Pets?

Prayer has long been believed to have healing powers, not only for humans but also for pets. Can overcoming ocd with prayer be a solution? Many people claim that prayer helps them find inner peace and reduce anxiety, which are common symptoms of OCD. Likewise, pet owners often turn to prayer for their beloved animal companions, seeking blessings for their health and wellbeing. Whether or not prayer can directly cure OCD or bestow blessings on pets, it can undoubtedly provide a sense of comfort and solace during challenging times.


We can honor Saint Gertrude’s legacy by seeing to it that our beloved furry and feathered friends receive the love, care, and attention they deserve. As we offer up this simple prayer on behalf of our pets, we are reminding ourselves of their worth as creatures loved by God. Let us remember that caring for animals is not only important from a Biblical perspective but also from a societal standpoint.As Mahatma Gandhi once said,”The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Let us then strive to treat all living creatures with kindness and respect.
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