Prayers for pets day
Sunday 5th October is Animal Welfare Sunday. This follows the Church of England’s new initiative to make ‘Time for God’s Creation’. Oxford theologian the Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey says: ‘It is vital that Christians remember their specific responsibilities towards animals during this welcome renewal of environmental concern. What we call “the environment” or “creation” comprises individual creatures, many of them sentient, who need our care.
‘Animal Welfare Sunday falls on 5th October and provides a real opportunity for clergy to organise services that both celebrate God's creatures and underline the importance of behaving responsibly towards them,’ he adds.
RSPCA Chief Executive, Mark Watts, said: ‘Many people tend to think that animal abuse happens at the hands of just a few, but in truth as a society we need to think far more deeply about how our lifestyle impacts on animals and how we may be, directly or indirectly, permitting suffering.
‘Faith groups can play an important role. We hope they will seize the moment and take a lead in promoting responsible attitudes towards animals,’ he adds.
The RSPCA has published A Service for Animal Welfare booklet, written by Professor Linzey, complete with prayers, readings and liturgies. The booklet can be downloaded from the RSPCA website: www.rspca.org.uk.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is Vice-Patron of the RSPCA, which was founded by an Anglican Priest, the Reverend Arthur Broome in 1824. The new initiative to make ‘Time for God’s Creation’ was launched in June, the Archbishop of Canterbury and leaders of other denominations have called upon Christians throughout England to put the environment at the heart of their worship this autumn.