December 16, 2017

Five Days of Thanksgiving (4)

For thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the Beauty of the Earth, Pierpoint

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ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end.  Amen.

– Book of Common Prayer, 1662

Comments

  1. Amen.

    Have a wonderful, joyous and “merri-making” Thanksgiving, To you chaplain Mike, To you Jeff and to all i-monkers……:)

  2. Also, from the ’79 American BCP:

    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.

    Just used both prayers in our Thanksgiving service yesterday morning. Those Anglicans have quite a useful resource with their prayer books.