Celebrating this big day of gratitude

On this rare occasion that Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day, let us celebrate the blessing of family and friends, remember and thank all the people whose work and presence have influenced our lives, and pray for the strength and courage to live out our sacred calling to care for our brothers and sisters. On this blessed day, we ask you to join us in prayer.

Let us pray and give thanks to God for our bountiful lives.

On this day, where family and friends gather to eat, drink and give thanks for all that we have,
let us also remember those among us that have less to be thankful for.

While we give thanks for this food, let us remember and pray for the farm workers whose labors made our meal possible.
Let us remember and pray for the poultry worker, the canner, the truck driver, the grocery store clerk,
and the cooks who made this meal and all of our meals possible.

And while we pray in thanks, let us pray all people receive enough through their labors, so that all can live in security,
and that no one go hungry for lack of decent wages.

Let us seek and find ways to share our nation’s bounty with all those in need.


Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!