Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HWP: Thanksgiving

Tomorrow being Thanksgiving Day, I figured it only appropriate to pray a prayer for Thanksgiving for today's HWP. Rather than simply finding a 'Thanksgiving Prayer' I decided to take the Collect (Opening Prayer) from the Mass that will be prayed throughout our country tomorrow:
 
Collect for Thanksgiving Day Mass
Father all-powerful, your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infinite; as we come before you on Thanksgiving Day with gratitude for your kindness, open our hearts to have concern for every man, woman, and child, so that we may share your gifts of love service. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
On a tangential note, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Exhortation yesterday entitled 'Evangelii Gaudium' or 'The Joy of the Gospel'. It is a pretty hefty read, but contains much to call our minds to what the prayer above mentions - mindfulness and concern for every man, woman, and child. Maybe you could check it out (HERE) and read through little clips of it here and there in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas. What better way to prepare for the coming of the Lord than to be intent on finding Him in those around us? Have a blessed Thanksgiving!