Blessing of the Hounds
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for all animals, especially those in whose companionship we find joy and health. We entreat for them Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion, gentle hands and kindly words. Make us all to be true friends of animals and so share in the blessings of the merciful, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bless, O Lord, rider and horse, and hounds that run, in their running, and shield them from danger to life and limb.
May Thy children who ride, and Thy creatures who carry, come to the close of the day unhurt and give thanks to Thee with grateful hearts.
Bless those over whose lands we hunt, and grant that no deed or omission of ours may cause them hurt or trouble.
Bless the foxes who partake in the chase, that they may run straight and true and may find their destiny in Thee.
Bless the hounds to our use and their joyful part in Thy service.
O God, who of Thy love sanctifieth all things by Thy Word, pour down Thy mercy upon these Thy servants, their horses and their hounds; to all who shall take part in the hunt, grant protection of body and soul; make us all ever mindful of, and responsive to, the needs of others that the spirit of true sportsmanship may prevail in all that we do; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.