Category Archives: Blessing/Prayer
May the sun
bring you new energy by day.
May the moon
softly restore you by night.
May the rain
wash away your worries.
May the breeze
blow new strength into your being.
May you walk
gently through the world and know
its beauty all the days of your life.
In the autumn, people in various places bring animals to church for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. This ceremony is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. His feast day is October 4th (Mackin).
There are two Franciscan blessings for animals. One is for all animals. The other is for sick animals (AmericanCatholic.org).
Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. On the fifth and sixth days of creation, you called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all animals his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this animal. 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.
Heavenly Father, 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 for ever and ever. Amen.
As the prayer is offered, the pet is gently sprinkled with holy water. Some cats are known for flattening their ears as the “drops of water lightly pelt them.” If the animal is not able to be present, a photo of the animal can be brought in as substitute. The Blessing of Pets is usually held outdoors (Mackin).
We have a close connection to animals, especially our pets. We also know that they have souls (see Wild Souls). Depending on what our beliefs are, we usually bless or baptize (in some form) our children, family, and friends. Why not bless our animals? They need blessings too. God wants us to bless them, for he put them on Earth with us. St. Francis realized the importance of our siblings, the animals.
- AmericanCatholic.org. “‘Do-it-yourself’ Franciscan Animal Blessings.” ‘Do-it-yourself’ Franciscan Animal Blessings. AmericanCatholic.org, n.d. Web. 07 July 2012. http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/francis/animal.asp.
- Mackin, Kevin E. “Blessing of Pets and the Animals – St. Francis of Assisi.” Blessing of Pets and the Animals – St. Francis of Assisi. AmericaCatholic.org, n.d. Web. 07 July 2012. http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/francis/blessing.asp.
This is the Second Pillar of Islam. The Second Pillar of Islam is to perform the ritual prayers properly. One must pray five times per day, minimum: dawn (Salat al-fajr), noon (Salat al-zuhr), mid-afternoon (Salat al-‘asr), sunset (Salat al-maghrib), and nightfall (Salat al-‘isha). It’s preferred that Muslims pray in mosques, but it’s okay to pray elsewhere. The Call to Prayer (the Adhan) is (HADI):
الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر أشهد أن لا اله إلا الله أشهد أن لا اله إلا الله أشهد أن محمدا رسول الله أشهد أن محمدا رسول الله حي على الصلاة حي على الصلاة حي على الفلاح حي على الفلاح الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله
Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Ash-hadu an la ilaha ill-Allah. Ash-hadu an la ilaha ill-Allah. Ash-hadu anna Muhammad-ar-Rasoolullah. Ash-hadu anna Muhammad-ar-Rasoolullah. Hayya ‘alas-Salah. Hayya ‘alas-Salah. Hayya ‘alal-falah. Hayya ‘alal-falah. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. La ilaha ill-Allah.
God is most great. God is most great. God is most great. God is most great. I testify that there is no god except God. I testify that there is no god except God. I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God. I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God. Come to prayer! Come to prayer! Come to success (in this life and the Hereafter)! Come to success! God is most great. God is most great. There is no god except God.
The preparations include: cleanliness, dress, ritual ablution, and intention. These are the basic steps to conduct a Salat:
Prayer is very important. There are different prayers for each part of the day.
Muslim children as young as seven are encouraged to do this too (BBC). Keep in mind that there are some differences with the Salat between Sunni and Shi’a Islam.
- “IslamiCity.com – The Pilars of Islam.” IslamiCity.com – The Pillars of Islam. Human Assistance & Development International (HADI), Jan. 2001. Web. 01 July 2012. http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/pillars.shtml.
- “Salat: Daily Prayers.” BBC News. BBC, 09 Sept. 2009. Web. 02 July 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/practices/salat.shtml.