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Animal Rights Prayers
There are of course the prayers of Schweitzer and Robert Everett, as well as those of Linzey himself, in Andrew Linzey, Animal Rites (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 1999). In addition, here is a prayer from The Liturgy of the Liberal Catholic Church (London: St Alban Press, 1983), p. 468:
Almighty and Merciful Father, whose care and loving kindness are over all thy creation, breathe forth into us thy spirit of compassion and tenderness towards all creatures thou hast made and in whom thou are the indwelling life. Teach us, O Lord, to look upon our younger
brethren as a trust from thee, that the day may be hastened when men shall neither hurt nor destroy in all thy holy mountain; through Christ our Lord.
Here is a prayer by George Appleton # 171 from his The Oxford Book of Prayer (London and New York: Oxford
University Press, 1985), p. 63.
O God, I thank thee
for all the creatures thou has made,
so perfect in their kind--
great animals like the lepahnt and the rhinoceros,
humorous animals like the camel and the monkey,
friendly ones like the dog and the cat,
working ones like the horse and the ox,
timid ones like the squirrel and the rabbit,
majestic ones like the lion and the tiger,
for birds with their songs.
O Lord give us such love for thy creation,
that love may cast out fear,
and all they creatures see in man
their priest and friend,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let me not forget the One who has called me to be His witness.
That selfsame Jesus died a victim. Let me resolve that, insofar as it in me lies, there be no more victims.
He died in fidelity to a vision of an inclusive community of joy in which each and every is more important than all. Let me live in faithfulness to the promptings of His Spirit for a peaceable kingdom [in which even the lion and lamb lie down together].
May I dare to live in the confidence that we are enveloped by a love for all life so strong that it can be satisfied with nothing less that the lasting joy of all creatures. Thy kingdom come!