Let us pray:
Saint Francis of Assisi, patron of animals, you preached to the birds and upheld the dignity of the whole created order. Pray for all of the animal companions who daily bear witness to us of the unconditional love of God. Intercede, we beseech you, for the souls of those creatures who have entered into glory, and watch over those who dwell among us on earth. Keep us ever mindful, we pray, of the charge to care for creation, and fix our hearts and minds anew upon the Maker of all things. Amen.