As I prepare to offer Holy Communion at St. Paul’s for Thanksgiving Day, I have prepared a few PDFs of my favorite Thanksgiving hymns to share.

In the Early Church, the Lord’s Supper came to be known as the Eucharist.  This is based on the giving of thanks (in the Greek, eucharisteo) by our Lord at the time of its institution – as He distributed to His disciples the bread and the wine.  As early as A.D. 107, Ignatius wrote in his letters to the Churches at Philadelphia and Smyrna that after the consecration “it is no longer common bread but eucharist.”  Because of this important usage, Early Church liturgies made the thanksgiving – next to the reception – the most significant part of the celebration!  And this, no doubt, promoted the general acceptance and adoption of the name “Eucharist” for this sacrament.  Is it any wonder, then, that it became an historic tradition of Christ’s Church to celebrate the Eucharist in simple worship on Thanksgiving Day in America?  It is a distinctive privilege to continue this profound expression of gratitude to God for His provisions through Christ this special day.

These three will be sung here during our 10:30 am service.

  1. Come, Ye Thankful People Come, #137
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  2. We Gather Together to Ask to Lord’s Blessing, #315
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  3. All Things Bright and Beautiful, #311
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Even if you aren’t able to make it to Holy Communion today, join me in praying this collect with your loved ones: O MOST merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; We give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness to us, that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.