Last night we went to a Vespers service for Thanksgiving. This year Father had some special prayers that were to be used for this service. It was a very beautiful service. Here are the propers that were used for Vespers. There are also more prayers for Matins and Divine Liturgy:
THANKSGIVING DAY VESPERS
Publish in 1901 with the blessings of St. Tikhon of Moscow
Fourth Thursday in November
No reading from the Psalter.
At “Lord, I call” in Tone 1
Come, ye thankful people,* and let us raise a hymn of grateful praise to God,’ our Benefactor and Creator,’ the bounteous source of all our blessings,’ the riches of our earthly life,’ and the glory of the world to come,’ for in His great mercy and love for us His children,’ He has granted us salvation. (2)
Come, ‘ye thankful people,’ and let us praise the Father,’ who in His goodness’ created heaven and earth,’ and all that is in them,’ endowing us His creatures,’ with reason to worship Him,’ who in His great mercy and love for us His children.* has granted us salvation. (2)
Come, ye thankful people,’ and let us praise the only-begotten Son,’ who for our sakes did clothe Himself in mortal nature,’ deigning to suffer and die for us,’ trampling down death and raising us with Himself,’ who in His great mercy and love for us His children,’ has granted us salvation. (2)
Come, ye thankful people,’ and let us praise the Holy Spirit,’ who descended upon the Apostles,’ making them fishers of men,’ through whom the earth has received,’ the knowledge of the Holy Trinity,’ who in His great’ mercy and love for us His children,’ has granted us salvation. (2)
Glory…now, and ever, same tone.
Come, ye thankful people,’ and let us raise a hymn of grateful praise to God,’ our Benefactor and Creator,’ the bounteous source of all our blessings,* the riches of our earthly life,’ and the glory of the world to come,* for in His great mercy and love for us His children,’ He has granted us salvation.
Then the entrance, “0 Gladsome Light” and the prokeimenon of the day in
Save me. 0 God by Thy Name and judge me by Thy strength.
v. 0 God, hearken unto my prayer; give heed to the sayings of my mouth.
Then the Old Testament Readings:
The reading of Deuteronomy (16. 9-11):
In those days Moses said to the people of Israel: Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thy hand, which thou shalt give unto the Lord thy God, according as the Lord thy God hath blessed thee. And thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the Lord thy God hath chosen to place His Name.
The reading of Deuteronomy (26: 1-5. 9-11):
In those days Moses said to the people of Israel: And it shall be, when thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and shalt possess it and dwell therein; that thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, and shall put it in a basket, and shalt go to the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place His Name. And thou shalt go to the priest in those days, and say to him, I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come to the country which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us. And the priest shall take the basket out of thy hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord thy God. And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God: Thou hast given us this land, a land that flows with milk and honey. And now, behold, I have brought the first fruits of the land, which Thou, 0 Lord, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the Lord thy God, and worship before the Lord thy God. And thou shalt rejoice in every’ good thing which the Lord thy God hath given to thee, and to thy house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.
The reading of Chronicles (Book 1, 29. 6-14:
Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, offered willingly, and gave for the service of the House of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the Lord, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be Thou, Lord God of Israel our Father, forever and ever. Thine, 0 Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, 0 Lord, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee and praise Thy glorious Name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort?.. For all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee.
At the Lity, Tone 5
We, the faithful,’ thank Thee 0 heavenly Father’ for all the blessings of this life,* for all its joys and all its sorrows;’ may we always dwell in Thy heavenly grace,’ as recipients of Thy bounteous mercies* and everlasting peace.
Glory… now and ever, Tone 2
Now thank we all our God,* in hymns of grateful praise,’ for the beauty and bounty of the earth,’ for the joy of human love,’ kinsmen and friends with us and departed,* and for the truth of the Orthodox faith,* through which we have come to know the greatest gift of all,* His limitless love that grants to us salvation.
At the Apostikha, Tone 4
Filled now with the Holy Spirit,* singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord,’ let us praise God our Father in psalms and hymns,* giving thanks always for all things’ in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,* who has granted salvation to the world.
v. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy Name, 0 Most High. (Ps. 91: 1)
We give thanks to God the Father,* for our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ,’ for the love of all His saints,* and for the truth of the Gospel,’ which we and all the world have received,’ bringing forth the fruit of the grace of God,’ and salvation to our souls.
v. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. (Ps. 94: 2)We give thanks to God the Father,’ for He so loved the world,’ that He gave His only-begotten Son,’ that whosoever believes in Him* shall gain eternal life,’ great mercy and salvation.
Glory… now and ever, Tone 3
Come, and with the angels’ let us praise our Lord and Maker’ our Deliverance from distress,’ our Defense in time of danger,’ our Healing in sickness,’ our Comfort in sorrow,’ our Hope in despair,’ our Help in adversity;’ and let us offer songs of thanksgiving’ for this His greatest gift,’ His ever-abiding mercy and love for us,’ through which we are granted forgiveness of sins’ and life everlasting.
The Song of Simeon and Trisagion prayers.
At the blessing of the loaves the Troparion, Tone 4.
We, Thy thankful and unworthy servants,’ praise and glorify Thee, 0 Lord,’ for Thy great benefits which we have received.’ We bless Thee, we thank Thee, we sing to Thee,* and we magnify Thy great goodness.’ And in lowliness and love we hymn Thee:’ 0 Benefactor and Savior, glory to Thee!