On Thanksgiving Day, we lift our heartfelt prayers to God for bestowing upon us those gifts which we, at times forget. Thanksgiving Day is a day of reawakening. It is a day of reverence and respect for the daily bread for which we have labored. It is also a day of remembering those who are less fortunate including the thousands of men, women and children who die of hunger every day.
My dear clergy brothers and dearest faithful,
How should we celebrate Thanksgiving Day this year and make it more meaningful? As a spiritual leader of Christ’s flock and your religious pastor, we call upon every one of you to recite the Lord’s Prayer, read the parable of the Good Samaritan and say the below-mentioned prayer:
“But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers'” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
(Luke 10: 29-37)
Thank You, God, our Lord, for bringing joy into our lives with your visible light. With the divine light of your commandments, you illuminate the spirits your of faithful followers. Strengthen us, o Lord, so that we may follow your commandments today and always. Enlighten us and fill us with wisdom so that we may live according to your will. Allow us to enjoy the bountiful gifts which You have bestowed upon us with the grace and the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For the kingdom, the power and the glory, are Yours now and forever. Amen.
The time has come for Armenian households to be filled with prayer. Let us spread our Christian love and spirit with our kind deeds so that we may serve the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church with enlivened spirits. It truly is a rewarding experience to be thankful for God’s precious gifts. Those with thankful hearts shall bring peace on earth. In our prayers, we ask the All Benevolent God to transform your lives. Love the Lord, cherish the precious gift of life, and become the carriers of His light.
ARCHBISHOP HOVNAN DERDERIAN &nbs p; Primate
The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, providing spiritual guidance and leadership to the Armenian Apostolic community, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of more than 50 churches in 16 western states. It was established in 1898 as the Diocese of the Armenian Church encompassing the entire United States and Canada. In 1927 the Western Diocese was formed to exclusivly serve the western United States.
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