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For Thanksgiving Eve

November 25, 2009

thanksgivingAs we prepare in this country to eat turkey and rejoice in our many latter-day blessings, we should all be well to remember what we have chiefly to be thankful for. Those cold Massachusetts Bay Puritans knew it, and as usual, the Book of Common Prayer reminds us.

Let us pray.

We humbly acknowledge before thee, O most merciful Father, that all the punishments which are threatened in thy law might justly have fallen upon us, by reason of our manifold transgressions and hardness of heart: Yet seeing it hath pleased thee of thy tender mercy, upon our weak and unworthy humiliation, to assuage the contagious sickness wherewith we lately have been sore afflicted, and to restore the voice of joy and health into our dwellings: We offer unto thy Divine Majesty the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, lauding and magnifying thy glorious Name for such thy preservation and providence over us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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