Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving and Blessing

Thursday, November 22, 2012 -- Week of Proper 28, Year 2
Thanksgiving Day
Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c. 280
Clive Staples Lewis, Apologist and Spiritual Writer, 1963

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Today's Readings for the Daily Office (Book of Common Prayer, p. 993)

EITHER Thursday of proper 29 (p. 993)
Psalm 105:1-22 (morning)     //     105:23-45 (evening)
Malachi 2:1-16
James 4:13 - 5:6
Luke 17:20-37

OR Thanksgiving Day (p. 1000)
Morning Prayer:  Psalm 147,   Deuteronomy 26:1-11,  John 6:26-35
Evening Prayer:   Psalm 145,  Joel 2:21-27,   1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

from J. Neville Ward...

It is Christian conviction that life in itself is neither meaningful nor holy, but that it can be made meaningful and holy.  Thankfulness consecrates it, makes it meaningful and holy.  Jesus and his friends were brought up in world of thought in which to bless a thing and give thanks for it were one and the same.  The idea is familiar in Christian tradition in grace before meals.  The meal is blessed, that is to say, made holy, when God is thanked for it.  Life is also blessed and made holy when it is received with thankfulness.  It is not necessary that the thankfulness be always put into prayer or indeed into words at all.  What matters is the thankfulness of the mind.
from The Use of Praying, Oxford University Press, New York, 1977, p. 21

Happy Thanksgiving,



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    pray daily
    learn constantly
    serve joyfully 
    live generously.

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas


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