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Thanksgiving

Note: Thanksgiving is the greatest form of Worship, The Passover meal celebrated by the Jews prefigured the Holy Eucharist instituted by Jesus on the last Supper, where we eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Lamb of God. A sacrifice of thanksgiving [Ps. 50:14] refers to the sacrifice of Christ for our sins. The Word Eucharist means Thanksgiving and comes from the Greek.

Exodus 12:14

1 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt:
2 This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it shall be the first in the months of the year.
3 Speak ye to the whole assembly of the children of Israel, and say to them: On the tenth day of this month let every man take a lamb by their families and houses.
4 But if the number be less than may suffice to eat the lamb, he shall take unto him his neighbour that joineth to his house, according to the number of souls which may be enough to eat the lamb.
5 And it shall be a lamb without blemish, a male, of one year: according to which rite also you shall take a kid.  [ Jesus is the Lamb of God, our Passover meal
]
6 And you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month: and the whole multitude of the children of Israel shall sacrifice it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood thereof, and put it upon both the side posts, and on the upper door posts of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh that night roasted at the fire, and unleavened bread with wild lettuce.
9 You shall not eat thereof any thing raw, nor boiled in water, but only roasted at the fire: you shall eat the head with the feet and entrails thereof.
10 Neither shall there remain any thing of it until morning. If there be any thing left, you shall burn it with fire.
11 And thus you shall eat it: you shall gird your reins, and you shall have shoes on your feet, holding staves in your hands, and you shall eat in haste: for it is the Phase (that is the Passage) of the Lord.
12 And I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and will kill every firstborn in the land of Egypt both man and beast: and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord.
13 And the blood shall be unto you for a sign in the houses where you shall be: and I shall see the blood, and shall pass over you: and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I shall strike the land of Egypt. [Unless you drink my blood Jn 6:53]
14 And this day shall be for a memorial to you: and you shall keep it a feast to the Lord in your generations with an everlasting observance.
15 Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread: in the first day there shall be no leaven in your houses: whosoever shall eat any thing leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall perish out of Israel.
16 The first day shall be holy and solemn, and the seventh day shall be kept with the like solemnity: you shall do no work in them, except those things that belong to eating.
17 And you shall observe the feast of the unleavened bread: for in this same day I will bring forth your army out of the land of Egypt, and you shall keep this day in your generations by a perpetual observance.

Note: [ The perpetual sacrifice is the offering of the Holy Mass, where Jesus is our Thanksgiving Sacrifice ]

Exodus 13:14-16

13 The firstborn of an ass thou shalt change for a sheep: and if thou do not redeem it, thou shalt kill it. And every firstborn of men thou shalt redeem with a price.
14 And when thy son shall ask thee to morrow, saying: What is this? thou shalt answer him: With a strong hand did the Lord bring us forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
15 For when Pharao was hardened, and would not let us go, the Lord slew every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of man to the firstborn of beasts: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the womb of the male sex, and all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.
16 And it shall be as a sign in thy hand, and as a thing hung between thy eyes, for a remembrance: because the Lord hath brought us forth out of Egypt by a strong hand.

Note: In the New Testament Jesus has brought us out of the Egypt of our sinfulness, where we were slaves to the devil, He makes us go through the red sea of His Precious Blood to take us to the Promised Land of everlasting Glory.

Exodus 34:26

The first of the fruits of thy ground thou shalt offer in the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not boil a kid in the milk of his dam.

Leviticus 19:24

But in the fourth year, all their fruit shall be sanctified, to the praise of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 26:10

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 ford thy God, adoring the Lord thy God.

1 Paralipomenon 16:1-4 DR - Others 1 Chronicles 16:1-4

1 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent, which David had pitched for it :and they offered holocausts, and peace offerings before God.
2 And when David had made an end of offering holocausts, and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord.
3 And he divided to all and every one, both men and women, a loaf of bread, and a piece of roasted beef, and flour fried with oil.
4 And he appointed Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to remember his works, and to glorify, and praise the Lord God of Israel.

1 Paralipomenon 23:30 DR - Others 1 Chronicles 23:30

And the Levites are to stand in the morning to give thanks, and to sing praises to the Lord: and in like manner in the evening,

1 Chronicles 29:6-14

9 And the people rejoiced, when they promised their offerings willingly: because they offered them to the Lord with all their heart: and David the king rejoiced also with a great joy.
10 And he blessed the Lord before all the multitude, and he said: Blessed art thou, O Lord the God of Israel, our father from eternity to eternity.
11 Thine, O Lord, is magnificence, and power, and glory, and victory: and to thee is praise: for all that is in heaven, and in earth, is thine: thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art above all princes.
12 Thine are riches, and thine is glory, thou hast dominion over all, in thy hand is power and might: in thy hand greatness, and the empire of all things.
13 Now therefore our God we give thanks to thee, and we praise thy glorious name.
14 Who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to promise thee all these things? all things are thine: and we have given thee what we received of thy hand.
15 For we are sojourners before thee, and strangers, as were all our fathers. Our days upon earth are as a shadow, and there is no stay.
16 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee a house for thy holy name, is from thy hand, and all things are thine.
17 I know my God that thou provest hearts, and lovest simplicity, wherefore I also in the simplicity of my heart, have joyfully offered all these things: and I have seen with great joy thy people, which are here present, offer thee their offerings.

Psalm 35:18 DR - Others Psalm 35:18

I will give thanks to thee in a great church; I will praise thee in a strong people.

Psalm 50:14-15 DR - Others Psalm 50:14-15

14 Offer to God the sacrifice of praise [ The Eucharist, the perpetual sacrifice of thanksgiving ] : and pay thy vows to the most High.
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psalm 50:23 DR - Others Psalm 50:23

The sacrifice of praise [ thanksgiving -  The Holy Eucharist ] shall glorify me: and there is the way by which I will shew him the salvation of God.

Psalm 74:1 DR - Others Psalm 75:1

1 Unto the end, corrupt not, a psalm of a canticle for Asaph.
2 We will praise [thank] thee, O God: we will praise, [thank] and we will call upon thy name. We will relate thy wondrous works:

Psalm 91:1 DR - Others Psalm 92:1

1 A psalm of a canticle on the sabbath day.
2 It is good to give praise [thanks] to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O most High.

Psalm 94:2 DR - Others Psalm 95:2

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms.

Psalm 96:12 DR - Others Psalm 97:12

Rejoice, ye just, in the Lord: and give praise [thanks] to the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 99:4 DR - Others Psalm 100:4

Go ye into his gates with praise [thanksgiving], into his courts with hymns: and give glory to him. Praise ye his name:

Psalm 106:22 DR - Others Psalm 107:22

And let them sacrifice the sacrifice of praise: and declare his works with joy.

Psalm 91:1 DR - Others Psalm 116:17

I will sacrifice to thee the sacrifice of praise, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.

Proverbs 3:9-10

9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and give him of the first of all thy fruits:
10 And thy barns shall be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall run over with wine.

Daniel 2:23

To thee, O God of our fathers, I give thanks, and I praise thee: because thou hast given me wisdom and strength: and now thou hast shewn me what we desired of thee, for thou hast made known to us, the king's discourse.

Daniel 6:10

Now when Daniel knew this, that is to say, that the law was made, he went into his house: and opening the windows in his upper chamber towards Jerusalem, he knelt down three times a day, and adored, and gave thanks before his God, as he had been accustomed to do before.

Jonah 2:9-10

But I with the voice of praise will sacrifice to thee: I will pay whatsoever I have vowed for my salvation to the Lord.

Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus answered and said: I confess to thee [thank], O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones.

Luke 2:27-30

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,
28 He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said:
29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace;
30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,

John 11:40-43

40 Jesus saith to her: Did not I say to thee, that if thou believe, thou shalt see the glory of God?
41 They took therefore the stone away. And Jesus lifting up his eyes said: Father, I give thee thanks that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always; but because of the people who stand about have I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 When he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice: Lazarus, come forth.

Acts 27:35 [ Institution of the Holy Eucharist ]

And when he had said these things, taking bread, he gave thanks to God in the sight of them all; and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

Acts 28:15

And from thence, when the brethren had heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and the Three Taverns: whom when Paul saw, he gave thanks to God, and took courage.

Romans 1:21

Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Romans 6:17

But thanks be to God, that you were the servants of sin, but have obeyed from the heart, unto that form of doctrine, into which you have been delivered.

Romans 7:23-25

23 But I see another law in my members, fighting against the law of my mind, and captivating me in the law of sin, that is in my members.
24 Unhappy man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 The grace of God [Thanks be to God], by Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, I myself, with the mind serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin.

Romans 14:6-7

6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord. And he that eateth, eateth to the Lord: for he giveth thanks to God. And he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth thanks to God.
7 For none of us liveth to himself; and no man dieth to himself.

1 Corinthians 1:4

4 I give thanks to my God always for you, for the grace of God that is given you in Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:11

You helping withal in prayer for us: that for this gift obtained for us, by the means of many
persons, thanks may be given by many in our behalf.

2 Corinthians 2:14

Now thanks be to God, who always maketh us to triumph in Christ Jesus, and manifesteth the odour of his knowledge by us in every place.

2 Corinthians 8:16

And thanks be to God, who hath given the same carefulness for you in the heart of Titus.

2 Corinthians 9:11

That being enriched in all things, you may abound unto all simplicity, which worketh through us thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

Ephesians 1:16-17

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers,
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him:

Ephesians 5:1-5

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints:
4 Or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks.
5 For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Ephesians 5:19-20

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father:

Philippians 1:3-5

3 I give thanks to my God in every remembrance of you,
4 Always in all my prayers making supplication for you all, with joy;
5 For your communication in the gospel of Christ from the first day until now.

Philippians 4:6

Be nothing solicitous; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.

Colossians 1:3

3Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.

Colossians 1:12

Giving thanks to God the Father, who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light:

Colossians 2:7

Rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in him in thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:15

15 And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.
17 All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 4:2

Be instant in prayer; watching in it with thanksgiving:

1 Thessalonians 1:2

Grace be to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for you all; making a remembrance of you in our prayers without ceasing,

1 Thessalonians 2:13

Therefore, we also give thanks to God without ceasing: because, that when you had received of us the word of the hearing of God, you received it not as the word of men, but (as it is indeed) the word of God, who worketh in you that have believed.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Always rejoice.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all.

2 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you towards each other, aboundeth:

1 Timothy 1:12

I give thanks who hath strengthened me, even to Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he hath counted me faithful, putting me in the ministry;

1 Timothy 2:1

I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men:

1 Timothy 4:1-5

1 Now the Spirit manifestly saith, that in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error, and doctrines of devils,
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy, and having their conscience seared,
3 Forbidding to marry, to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving by the faithful, and by them that have known the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be rejected that is received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

2 Timothy 1:3

I give thanks to God, whom I serve from my forefathers with a pure conscience, that without ceasing, I have a remembrance of thee in my prayers, night and day.

Philemon 4

I give thanks to my God, always making a remembrance of thee in my prayers.

Hebrews 13:15

And do not forget to do good, and to impart; for by such sacrifices God's favour is obtained.

Apocalypse 7:11-12

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and the ancients, and the four living creatures; and they fell down before the throne upon their faces, and adored God,
12 Saying: Amen. Benediction, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, honour, and power, and strength to our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Apocalypse 11:16-17

16 And the four and twenty ancients, who sit on their seats in the sight of God, fell on their faces and adored God, saying:
17 We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, who art, and who wast, and who art to come: because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and thou hast reigned.

Ecclesiasticus 35:4

He shall return thanks, that offereth fine flour: and he that doth mercy, offereth sacrifice.

Wisdom 16:28

That it might be known to all, that we ought to prevent the sun to bless thee, and adore thee at the dawning of the light.

Ecclesiasticus 17:27

27 Give thanks whilst thou art living, whilst thou art alive and in health thou shalt give thanks, and shalt praise God, and shalt glory in his mercies.
28 How great is the mercy of the Lord, and his forgiveness to them that turn to him.

Ecclesiasticus 39:6-10

6 He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the most High.
7 He will open his mouth in prayer, and will make supplication for his sins.
8 For if it shall please the great Lord, he will fill him with the spirit of understanding:
9 And he will pour forth the words of his wisdom as showers, and in his prayer he will confess to the Lord.
10 And he shall direct his counsel, and his knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate.

Ecclesiasticus  39:20-21

20 Magnify his name, and give glory to him with the voice of your lips, and with the canticles of your mouths, and with harps, and in praising him, you shall say in this manner:
21 All the works of the Lord are exceeding good.

Daniel 3:89-90

89 O give thanks to the Lord, because he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever and ever.
90 O all ye religious, bless the Lord the God of gods: praise him and give him thanks, because his mercy endureth for ever and ever.

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