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Fr. Fred Betti, SJ, and volunteers at the Response to Love Center in Buffalo prepare a chicken meal for those in need.

Nov. 18, 2021 – As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and the joy-filled season of Advent, we would like to share with you and your loved ones a selection of prayers for use during your upcoming gatherings. You can view them below and download them by clicking here.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

We thank you, God our Father,
for the shelter and comfort of our homes;
for the love and companionship of our family and friends;
for our health, and our many gifts and abilities;
and for all the blessings which we take for granted.
Hear our prayer for all who are less fortunate than we are
and bless those who work to help them.
For Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

By Fr. Adrian Porter, SJ

God Bless The World

Mighty God, Father of all,
Compassionate God, Mother of all,
bless every person I have met,
every face I have seen,
every voice I have heard,
especially those most dear;
bless every city, town, and
street that I have known,
bless every sight I have seen,
every sound I have heard,
every object I have touched.
In some mysterious way these
have all fashioned my life;
all that I am,
I have received.
Great God, bless the world.

By Fr. John J. Morris, SJ

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Amen.

By Samuel F. Pugh

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