Blessing the Animals: Prayers and Ceremonies to Celebrate God's Creatures, Wild and Tame

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Lynn L. Caruso
SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2006 - Nature - 239 pages
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Celebrate the Mystery, Compassion, Wonder and Beauty of Animals

Take a spiritual journey through this beautiful collection of blessings, prayers and meditations about the creatures, wild and tame, that inhabit our world. These moving contributions about all types of animals--playful dogs and beloved cats, giant whales and powerful elephants, tiny insects and delicate birds--are drawn from many faith traditions, including Native American, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist.

A special section also provides animal blessing ceremonies you can use to memorialize the loss of a companion animal, offer prayers for an animal suffering illness or injury or simply recognize the spiritual connection we create when we fully appreciate another member of God's creation.

Contributors include:
Akhenaton * Cecil Frances Alexander * Matsuo Basho * Henry Ward Beecher * Henry Bergh * Annie Besant * Ambrose Bierce * Black Elk * Elizabeth Barrett Browning * Martin Buber * Yosa Buson * Isaac Caruso * Chang Chiu-Ch'eng * John C. Chendo * Gilbert Keith Chesterton * Feng Chih * John Ciardi * Jean Cocteau * Rev. Dr. Scott Cowdell * James Dickey * Emily Dickinson * George Washington Doane * Fyodor Dostoevsky * Mark Doty * Johann Eckhart * Mary Cronk Farrell * John Bookser Feister * Rev. Roberta Finkelstein * Eliza Lee Cabot Follen * T. Griffith Foulk * Anatole France * Saint Francis of Assisi * Diana L. Guerrero * Joy Harjo * Stanley Hauerwas * Kathy Heffernan * Jane Hirshfield * Alicia Hokanson * Gerard Manley Hopkins * Victor Hugo * Kobayashi Issa * Francis Jammes * Saint John of the Cross * Naito Joso * Kabir * Galway Kinnell * Rudy Kipling * Laurie Klein * Mukai Kyorai * Laurie Lamon * Lao-Tzu * D. H. Lawrence * Richard Lehnert * Letakos-Lesa * Paul Lindholdt * Kevin E. Mackin * Seumas MacManus * Lauren McLaughlin * Fiona McLeod, (pseudonym of William Sharp) * Sugawara no Michizane * Mirabai * Rev. Gloria S. Moncrief * John Muir * Claire Rudolf Murphy * Gloria Pinsker * Po Ch -i * Sri Ramakrishna * Pam Reinke * Rivage (pseudonym of Mary Newman) * Christina Rossetti * Jalaluddin Rumi * Carl Sandburg * Meghan Nuttall Sayres * Albert Schweitzer * Sir Walter Scott * Masaoka Shiki * Izumi Shikibu * Mark S.Sisk * Christopher Smart * Rabindranath Tagore * Henry David Thoreau * Mark Twain * Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo * Evelyn Underhill * Carl Van Vechten * Walt Whitman * James Arlington Wright * William Butler Yeats

 

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Contents

Part
1
Blessings for Cats
19
Blessings for Other Companion Animals
35
Part 2
51
Animals of the Sky
69
Animals of the Stream and Sea
81
Part 3
93
Blessings for Life
109
Blessings in Death
135
Rituals and Ceremonies 10 Animal Blessing Ceremonies
159
Partings
179
Benediction
211
About the Contributors
223
Credits
231
Acknowledgments
237
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About the author (2006)

Lynn L. Caruso is an inspiring educator, writer, parent/child advocate and mother of three children. A contributing writer to Mothering magazine, her work has been published in many other national journals and magazines. Caruso is also the editor of the first-of-its-kind Blessing the Animals: Prayers and Ceremonies to Celebrate God's Creatures, Wild and Tame and Honoring Motherhood: Prayers, Ceremonies & Blessings (both SkyLight Paths).

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