Thursday, November 27, 2003

Thanksgiving Day



PRAISE the LORD, for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God; * yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful. Ps. 147

Deuteronomy 26:
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And when thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God will give thee to possess, and hast conquered it, and dwellest in it:

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Thou shalt take the first of all thy fruits, and put them in a basket, and shalt go to the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, that his name may be invocated there:

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And thou shalt go to the priest that shall be in those days, and say to him: I profess this day before the Lord thy God, that I am come into the land, for which he swore to our fathers, that he would give it us.

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And the priest taking the basket at thy hand, shall set it before the altar of the Lord thy God:

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And thou shalt speak thus in the sight of the Lord thy God: The Syrian pursued my father, who went down into Egypt, and sojourned there in a very small number, and grew into a nation great and strong and of an infinite multitude.

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And the Egyptians afflicted us, and persecuted us, laying on us most grievous burdens:

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And we cried to the Lord God of our fathers: who heard us, and looked down upon our affliction, and labour, and distress:

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And brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand, and a stretched out arm, with great terror, with signs and wonders:

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And brought us into this place, and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.

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And therefore now I offer the firstfruits of the land which the Lord hath given me. And thou shalt leave them in the sight of the Lord thy God, adoring the Lord thy God.

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And thou shalt feast in all the good things which the Lord thy God hath given thee, and thy house, thou and the Levite, and the stranger that is with thee.