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Giving Thanks

November 24, 2010

Dear friends, with Thanksgiving only a day away, I thought I would take this opportunity to say how thankful I am for my St. George’s community and our shared ministries.  You will be on my mind tomorrow when we’re giving thanks to God, the giver of all good gifts.

Here, for your use, are two different kinds of prayers for giving thanks, both from our Book of Common Prayer.  The second one makes an excellent prayer of thanks to pray around the dinner table with gathered family and friends.  May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

A General Thanksgiving

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have

done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole

creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,

and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for

the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best

efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy

and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures

that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the

truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast

obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,

through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life

again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and

make him known; and through him, at all times and in all

places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.



A Litany of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so

freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and

sky and sea.

We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women,

revealing the image of Christ,

We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and

our friends,

We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,

We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,

We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering

and faithful in adversity,

We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,

We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,

We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and

promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;

To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the
Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.



And finally, for the historians and/or the liturgists, here’s a link to the prayer for Thanksgiving from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer, the first one produced in the new United States of America.




For the fruits of the earth, and all the other blessings of his merciful Providence; to be used yearly on the First Thursday in November, or on such other day as shall be appointed by the Civil Authority.



Fr. Ryan+

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pete Ricci permalink
    November 24, 2010 2:52 pm

    If a turkey was to have a prayer bone in lieu of a wishbone – I would be happy to yield the larger half to you, Padre. PS – I am thankful for the Virgin Mary!

  2. Allison M. permalink
    November 26, 2010 9:02 pm

    Thank you Fr. Ryan for sharing these prayers. Sometimes saying thank you is one of the most difficult tasks. I am thankful for so much and the words to express that thanks sometimes are hard to find – I would add a prayer that my friends and family understand just how thankful I am for their love and understanding.

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