A Liturgy for the Burial of a Pet
The service which follows is for use with the burial service of a pet. Please adapt the service as needed to fit the needs of the particular service you are conducting. The N. marks the places where you will need to insert either the pet's name or the owner's name as is appropriate.
I lift up my eyes to the hills:
My help comes from the Lord:
The Lord will not let your foot
The one who keeps watch over this
The Lord is the one who will guard you:
so that the sun shall not strike you by
The Lord shall preserve you from all
The Lord shall take care of your going
All Creatures Great and Small
bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small.
flower that opens, each little bird that sings,
headed mountain, the rivers running by,
The cold wind in
the winter, the pleasant summer sun,
He gave us eyes
to see them, and lips that we might tell
Almighty God, your Son taught us that though five sparrows could be bought for two pennies, they are not forgotten before you. We thank you for N., and for the companionship N. offered to N.. And we thank you for all the pets who share our homes and our lives. We ask for comfort for this family in their loss, knowing that you grieve with them for you care for all of your creation as you care for us. May we live more peacefully because of today, and come at last, in the fellowship of all your people, to the haven where we long to be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer
Service created by the Rev. Frank Logue.
King of Peace Episcopal Church + 6230 Laurel Island Parkway + Kingsland, Georgia 31548