V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
Lord God, You are King of heaven and earth.
You are the Word of the Father,
and through You He has given us all created things for our support.
We beg You now to consider our lowly position.
Just as You have given us help in our labors and needs,
so, in Your most kind mercy,
bless these cattle and beasts of burden with a heavenly blessing,
and guard and preserve them.
Be so kind, too, as to give us, Your servants,
along with benefits that do not last,
Your unfailing grace,
so that we may gratefully praise and glorify Your holy name,
who live and are King and God
with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
(Then the domestic animals are sprinkled with holy water.)