A short selection of prayers for the day
and a few clip art images at the bottom:
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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
The Canticle of the Creatures
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, honor and blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong;
no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
We praise You, Lord, for all Your creatures,
especially for Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
of You Most High, he bears your likeness.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars,
in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
We praise You, Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air,
fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Water,
so useful, humble, precious and pure.
We praise You, Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night.
He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth,
who sustains us
with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs.
We praise You, Lord, for those who pardon,
for love of You bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
by You Most High, they will be crowned.
We praise You, Lord, for Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in their sins!
Blessed are those that She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm.
We praise and bless You, Lord, and give You thanks,
and serve You in all humility.
St. Francis of Assisi
How Great Is Your Goodness
How great is your goodness, dear Lord!
Blessed are you for ever!
May all created things praise you, O God,
for loving us so much that we can truthfully speak
of your fellowship with mankind, even in this earthly exile;
and however virtuous we may be,
our virtue always depends on your great warmth
and generosity, dear Lord.
Your bounty is infinite.
How wonderful are your works!
St. Teresa of Avila
Here is some clip art:
(copy and paste to your favorite word processing program)
Thanksgiving in History
some, the "First Thanksgiving" presents a distorted picture
of the history of relations between the European colonists and their
descendants and the Native People. The total emphasis is placed
on the respect that existed between the native Wampanoags led by
the sachem Massasoit and the first generation of Pilgrims in Plymouth,
while the long history of subsequent violence and discrimination
suffered by Native People across America is nowhere represented.
others, the event shines forth as an example of the respect that
was possible once, if only for the brief span of a single generation
in a single place, between two different cultures and as a vision
of what may again be possible someday among people of goodwill.
is not a set of "truths" to be memorized, history is an
ongoing process of interpretation and learning. The true richness
and depth of history come from multiplicity and complexity, from
debate and disagreement and dialogue. There is room for more than
one history; there is room for many voices.
Pilgrim Hall Museum
We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which
supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have
given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon
the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in
Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the
good of Her children.
Iroquois Prayer, adapted
(Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace)
Count Your Blessings
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;|
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.