On this day in 1957 Laika was sent into space where she died.

We commemorate Our Little Lady's to remind ourselves of the fact that humans so often let down, and are unfaithful to, those who love us, both our human friends and our animal companions. We celebrate St. Laika's Day with gratefulness that God is for ever faithful to us and has given us signs of God's faithfulness in the animals with whom we share creation.

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"Introduction And Royal March Of The Lion"
from "Carnival Of The Animals"
by Camille Saint-Saëns - Barry Wordsworth

"Let all the world" - Choir of The King's School

Let all the world in every corner sing
'My God and King!'
The heavens are not too high
His praise may thither fly
The earth is not too low
His praises there may grow
Let all the world in every corner sing
'My God and King!'

Let all the world in every corner sing
'My God and King!'
The Church with psalms must shout
No door can keep them out
But, above all, the heart
Must bear the longest part
Let all the world in every corner sing
'My God and King!'

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
"They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love" - Bill Blomquist
"Hills of the North, rejoice" - Belfast Cathedral Choir

Hills of the North, rejoice;
River and mountain spring,
Hark to the advent voice;
Valley and lowland, sing;
Though absent long, your Lord is nigh;
He judgment brings and victory.

Isles of the southern seas,
Deep in your coral caves
Pent be each warring breeze,
Lulled be your restless waves:
He comes to reign with boundless sway,
And makes your wastes His great highway.

Lands of the East, awake,
Soon shall your sons be free;
The sleep of ages break,
And rise to liberty.
On your far hills, long cold and gray,
Has dawned the everlasting day.

Shores of the utmost West,
Ye that have waited long,
Unvisited, unblest,
Break forth to swelling song;
High raise the note, that Jesus died,
Yet lives and reigns, the Crucified.

Shout, while ye journey home;
Songs be in every mouth;
Lo, from the North we come,
From East, and West, and South.
City of God, the bond are free,
We come to live and reign in thee!

Alleluia, alleluia.
All nations will come
and worship before you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

We believe in God the Father, 
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son, 
who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, 
who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

"All creatures of our God and King" - Patty Griffin
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Holy God, you have established your covenant with us…
…without you, all the creatures of the earth would perish.
All these living creatures you have put under our protection and we are to care for them as you care for us. But we know we have often treated creatures in our power wantonly, selfishly and thoughtlessly. We have thought of them only as objects for our amusement and pleasure; we have neglected their true needs; we have betrayed your trust. For these sins, gracious God, we are truly sorry. We ask your pardon and forgiveness.
May God the Creator accept your repentance and grant your forgiveness.
Mindful of the great responsibility you have placed upon us, we now renew our covenant with these creatures in our care, and pray that we may be faithful to them as you are faithful to us. May the unity of peace which you have established between ourselves and our companions never be broken by our violence and may our lives reflect that generosity of spirit which we see manifest in your Son, Jesus Christ.
We name the animals we share our homes and lives with before God.
Will you care for your companions as God's own creatures?
I will with God's grace.
Will you be mindful of their Christlike vulnerability?
I will be so mindful.
Will you love and protect them as long as they live.
I will with God's grace.
Will you be faithful and kind in good times and bad.
I promise to be so faithful.
Eternal Father,
we thank you for these creatures who live alongside us as our companions and our friends; for their loyalty, love and trust which enrich our lives and give us joy. Teach us the value of kindness, the power of mercy, the strength of gentleness and create in us a new spirit of humility in our relationships with your creatures within whose covenant they live and die. We ask these prayers through your Son, Jesus Christ whose new covenant of love gives life to us all. Amen.

"Pets" - Murgatroyd And Winterbottom
The Spirit of the Lord is with us
and with all creation.
Let us praise our creator
and give thanks for the wonderful earth.
Let us sing a song of praise with the whole creation.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Lord and heavenly Father…
and join with all creatures in these words of eternal praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, heaven and earth are full of your glory now and for ever. Amen.

Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.
This is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

The body of Christ. Amen.

The blood of Christ. Amen.

"In The Falling Dark" - Bruce Cockburn

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

"All God's Critters Got A Place In The Choir" - Janice Buckner

May God bless you with a compassionate heart that feels the injustice of the world and help you to strive towards that peaceable kingdom in which all God's creatures shall be free from pain and alive with their Lord and maker for all eternity. Amen.

My sisters and brothers Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

"Finale" from "Carnival Of The Animals" 
by Camille Saint-Saëns - Barry Wordsworth

"Laika" - Richard Moody


Service from "Common Worship" (Church of England) 
compiled and adapted by Jonathan Hagger
Covenant service and eucharistic prayer by Andrew Linzey
Prayer over the gifts by Jonathan Hagger
Readings from the N.R.S.V.



  1. +”Hail blessed Laika,
    bless all us dogs
    and make us brave like you.

    (Kudos to Rowan. The Dog! And possibly Rowan’s human.)


    NB: after I typed “Rowan’s human”, I dropped something on my keyboard. Then when I hit preview, that little cross (+) up top showed up. Thank you, St Laika!