The animals praise and glorify God
inasmuch as they assist man
and serve him. In their own way they assist man
in attaining his ultimate goal, and for that reason
the Church blesses them. In her blessing
the church commends these animals to St. Anthony
the hermit, who from the earliest times was regarded as the patron of farmers and animal breeders. The following prayers
can be used when the animals are placed in harness for the first time.
O God, our refuge and strength, the source of our devotion, hear the devout prayers
of the Church, grant that what we ask in faith
we may obtain in fact.
Almighty, eternal God, who didst test glorious Saint Anthony the hermit in many temptations and didst grant him to go forth untouched by the seductions of this world: grant us Thy servants to make progress in virtue
by his example and to be freed from the dangers of this life
by his merits and intercession.
May these animals, O Lord, receive Thy blessing; may they be sound in body and, by the intercession
of Saint Anthony the hermit, may they be preserved from all evil. Through Christ
our Lord. Amen.
Translated by Most Reverend J. H. Schlarman Bishop
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May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest and peace at the last.
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