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A day of Thanksgiving in the Church Year
by: Rev. Marcus Baikie
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, Your mercies are new every morning and You graciously provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your goodness, give thanks for Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience all our days; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Psalm 104:24, 27-28, 30 (antiphon: Psalm 104:33) — When You open Your hand, Your creatures are filled with good things
Psalm 67 (antiphon: v. 7) — God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!
Old Testament Reading:
Deuteronomy 8:1-10 — Remember the Lord your God
Psalm 145:15-16; 118:1 — You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing
Philippians 4:6-20 — My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus
Psalm 136:1 – Alleluia. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever. Alleluia.
Author and Date:
The Holy Spirit caused Luke the physician to write the words of this Gospel around AD 55-60. This takes place during Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, which began in Luke 9:51 (“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.”) Because of the great example of thanks on the part of Samaritan, this Gospel is the assigned text for a Day of Thanksgiving.
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