THANKSGIVING DAY  Lectionary #684A

The Lectionary suggests a choice of texts from the readings to be used "In Thanksgiving" (#943-947) in the Masses for Various Needs and Occasions. See the Book of Blessings for a special Thanksgiving Day Blessing of Food (#1755-1780).

Suggested texts:

Sirach 50:22–24. The conclusion of the lengthy “praise of ancestors” offers a doxology praising God “who has done wondrous things on earth.”

Psalm of the Day: Psalm (144) 145
This acrostic hymn teaches the reasons for giving thanks to God who is both awesome and gracious.

Alabaré Tu Nombre/I Will Praise Your Name (Cortés)  FYC 274
Bendeciemos por Siempre (Rubalcava) Cantos 84
Bendeciré Tu Nombre Por Siempre/I Will Praise Your Name (Schiavone)  FYC 273/JS 111
I Will Bless Your Name for Ever (Jordan)  LMGM 538
I Will Extol You, My God (chant) BFW204, 285
I Will Extol You, O My God (Kreutz)  CH 155
I Will Give You Glory, O God (Sullivan)  CH 156
I Will Praise Your Name (Carroll)  RS 194
I Will Praise Your Name (Haas)  GC 137/GC2 76/RS 193/WC 443
I Will Praise Your Name (Roberts)  LMGM 539/RS 192/WC 444
I Will Praise Your Name (Smith)  GP 110
I Will Praise Your Name (Willcock)  JS 112
The Lord Is Gracious and Merciful (O’Carroll)  CH 158

Ephesians 1:3–14. Paul lists the reasons that Christians should give special thanks to God: for election, redemption, and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 11:25–30. Jesus offers thanks to the Father.

Songs for the Liturgy
Because of the nature of this celebration, congregations at a Mass on Thanksgiving Day may be more inclined to sing some of the old standards associated with this festival.

All My Days (Murray/Schutte)  GP 701/JS 637
All Praise and Glad Thanksgiving  GP 415/JS 466
All Things Bright and Beautiful  CH 594/JS 632/RS 635/WC 693/WOR 505
All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly  GC 820/GC2 817/RS 845
Cantad, Naciones, al Señor (Old Hundredth)  Cantos 170
Cantaré Alabanzas al Señor  FYC 372
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come  CH 629/GC 564/GC2 552/GP 705/JS 639/LMGM 205/RS 706/WC 948/WOR 759
Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted  CH 374/GC 568/GC2 547/RS 705/WC 619/WOR 558
For All the Blessings of the Year  WC 951
For the Beauty of the Earth  CH 562/GC 572/GC2 548/GP 704/JS 642/RS 697/WC 950/WOR 557
For the Fruits of This Creation  JS 629/RS 704/WC 952/WOR 562
For Thy Gracious Blessing  CH 597
From All That Dwell Below the Skies  CH 563/JS 603/WC 922/WOR 521
Give Thanks to the Lord (Schutte)  GP 699/JS 643
God of Adam, God of Joseph (Kaan)  GC 893/GC2 870/JS 361/RS 960
God of Eve and God of Mary  (Kaan)  GC 892/GC2 871/JS 360/RS 959
God of Our Fathers  CH 660/JS 867/LMGM 322/RS 966/WC 994/WOR 764
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending (Edwards)  RS 794/WC 785/WOR 631
Gracias  Cantos 180
Gracias, Señor (Carchenilla)  FYC 364
Gracias, Señor (Gabaráin)  FYC 381
Great Is Thy Faithfulness  LMGM 242
In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful  (Berthier)  GC 566/GC2 546/RS 703/WC 832
Let All Things Now Living  CH 567/GC 567/GC2 551/JS 641/LMGM 180/RS 707/WC 945/WOR 559
Meadows and Mountains (Schutte)  GP 703
Now Thank We All Our God (1)  CH 570/GC 565/GC2 545/GP 700/JS 636/LMGM 208/RS 700/WC 946/WOR 560
Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song  WOR 532
Sing to the Lord of Harvest  CH 630/JS 640/WC 949
Te Damos Gracias (Espinosa)  FYC 437
Thank You, Lord  LMGM 206
Thanksgiving Carol  CH 627
To God with Gladness Sing  CH 577
We Gather Together  CH 558/GC 571/GC2 549/GP 698/JS 794/LMGM 307/RS 709/WC 876/WOR 760
We Plow the Fields and Scatter  CH 628