Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

 

"Thanksgiving with Indians" by N.C. Wyeth (1940)

The prayer offered up by the Pilgrims at the First Thanksgiving is unknown, but such prayers would have been spontaneous and of no fixed language. The Pilgrim Hall Museum, however, suggests that it probably would have been similar to the following:

O Lord our God and heavenly Father, which of Thy unspeakable mercy towards us, hast provided meate and drinke for the nourishment of our weake bodies. Grant us peace to use them reverently, as from Thy hands, with thankful hearts: let Thy blessing rest upon these Thy good creatures, to our comfort and sustentation: and grant we humbly beseech Thee, good Lord, that as we doe hunger and thirst for this food of our bodies, so our soules may earnestly long after the food of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, Amen.

(Quoting George Webb, "Short direction for the daily exercise of the Christian," London 1625).

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