Thursday, November 7, 2013

Giving Thanks: Turkeys with Litanies

This Thanksgiving, remember that your Book of Common Prayer contains a number of prayers and readings that offer spiritual depth and joy to your festivities. (If you don't have a Book of Common Prayer, please see Fr. James.)

Thanksgiving Collect (BCP p. 246):
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the
fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those
who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of
your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and
the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings (BCP p. 1000): 

Morning:                                 Evening:
Psalm 147                               Psalm 145
Deuteronomy 26:1-11              Joel 2:21-27
John 6:26-35                           1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

Various Thanksgiving Litanies and Prayers
BCP pp. 836-841
A Litany of Thanksgiving, BCP pp. 836-837

Psalm 92:1-5a
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
   to sing praises to your name, O Most High; 
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
   and your faithfulness by night, 
to the music of the lute and the harp,
   to the melody of the lyre. 
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
   at the works of your hands I sing for joy. 
How great are your works, O Lord!

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