PRAYER AT HARVEST AND THANKSGIVING
From Celebrating Faith: Year-round Activities For Catholic Families, by Mary Cronk Farrell.
O God, source and giver of all things,
You manifest Your infinite majesty, power and goodness
In the earth about us:
We give You honor and glory.
For the sun and the rain,
For the manifold fruits of our fields:
For the increase of our herds and flocks,
We thank You.
For the enrichment of our souls with divine Grace,
We are grateful.
Supreme Lord of the harvest,
Graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil,
In union with Jesus, Your Son,
As atonement for our sins,
For the growth of Your Church,
For peace and love in our homes,
And for salvation for all.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
By Walter Rauschenbusch, from Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers, compiled by The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors.
O God, we thank You for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank You for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with Your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
From Songs of Our Hearts, Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics, edited by Cecilia A. Moor, Ph.D., C. Vanessa White, D.Min., and Paul M. Marshall, S.M.
This Thanksgiving let those of us who have much and those who have little gather at the welcoming table of the Lord. At this blessed feast, may rich and poor alike remember that we are called to serve on another and to walk together in God’s gracious world. With thankful hearts we praise our God who like a loving parent denies us no good thing.