I hope everyone has their Gratitude Journal up to date. It is time to review it for yourself, and to pray thankfully for all the blessings in your life. In the European Cultures from late August through the Autumn Season there are celebrations for the Harvest, which led our ancestors to celebrate this feast day here in America. This is not a new concept. Historically, it stretches back in time in the story of humanity. Like many things in our current society it has taken on a somewhat commercial manifestation, however we have managed to keep it to the original purpose, a time of thanking the Sacred Provider for the generous gifts of the “harvest reaped in our lives”.
In the Book of Common Prayer of 1786 there are provisions for prayers of thanksgiving. In our current BCP, on pages 16, 17, 33, 812 ,813, 199, 251 we can find prayers. The Daily Office, and the Holy Eucharist (using the Revised Common Lectionary) provide for the public prayer of the Church for this Holy Day in the Church Calendar. We pass down knowledge and traditions to the generations that follow, it is important we pass along the role of Gratitude through prayer as well.
Have a Grateful and Joyful Thanksgiving.
See you in two weeks, I am your bro. John, O.C.P.