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Today, I am bringing home kittens. What is the prayer for the adoption of new cats? Is there a ritual for carrying them over the threshold? It seems as though these new additions to the family should be properly celebrated, and brought to God’s attention:

For eyes that pierce the dark,
when we least expect it,
let us give thanks;
For the duty of care,
feeding, scooping,
cleaning, and scouring,
let us give thanks;
For fragility and agility,
the dance on the stairs,
dangerous vulnerability,
give thanks;
For the purring murmur in the night,
reminder of love awakened,
give thanks;
For the strange song,
not altogether holy,
give thanks to all that is Holy;
For the incantation of
all creation contained in the call
to the stewardship of a cat,
I give thanks;
For the foreshadowing in claws
of judgement,
and for their retraction,
I give thanks;
For curiosity that God has seeded;
for negligent affection,
hiding the impossible:
comprehension, connection
with the ineffable mind of One
who would create camels and scorpions
out of the same clay;
I give thanks for this feline revelation,
mediation, distracting reification:

Thanks be to God for the cat.

The Revd Rosalind C Hughes is the Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio. She blogs at Her first book, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing is due out April 1 from Upper Room Books. And yes, it features kittens.


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S Austin

This is wonderful. It gets me thinking about prayers for the birth of foster kittens in my care, prayers for their weening, and prayers for saying good-bye to them (and prayers for my resident cats who almost put up with the fosters).
Thank you!

Richard Gatjens

Thanks for this prayer. We will be adopting a couple of cats and/or kittens from our local shelter soon. It’s been too long between cats. Our last two cats, Ray and Fluellen, lived 17 and 19 years respectively.

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