Speak Lord: As we give thanks to you

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I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

I will give you glory, O God my king,
I will bless your name for ever.
I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

The Lord is faithful in all his words
and loving in all his deeds.
The Lord supports all who fall
and raises all who are bowed down.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

Psalm 144:1-2,8-11,13-14

The principal characteristic of Christian Prayer is thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for Creation, thanksgiving for redemption and for God’s continuing mercy.

That thanksgiving is also at the very heart of the Psalm that is the Responsorial Psalm at Mass on Sunday, the 31st of Ordinary Time.

  • For what are you thankful?
  • What do you take for granted that you might be thankful for?
  • How do you demonstrate your thankfulness?

Christ. Fresco. Athens. (c) 2006, Allen Morris

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