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BLESSING OF HORSES
AND OTHER ANIMALS


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.

O God, our refuge and our strength,
You are the very source of our loving service.
Hear the devout prayers of the Church,
and grant that what we ask in faith
we may actually obtain through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God,
You tried the glorious Saint Anthony (the Hermit)
with various temptations,
and allowed him to pass unharmed through the storms of this world.
Grant to Your servants
that we may profit by his splendid example,
and by his merits and intercession
be freed from the dangers of this present life,
through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Let us pray.

May these animals, Lord, receive Your blessing.
Keep them sound in body,
and through the intercession of Saint Anthony (the Hermit)
may they be freed from every evil,
through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

(Then the animals are sprinkled with holy water.)



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