What is the best Thanksgiving hymn?
  • chonakchonak
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    I think of Thanksgiving Day as basically a Protestant holiday, what with its associations to legends of the Plymouth Pilgrims, who came to this country because the Church of England was too close to Catholicism for them to live with it. But the most classic hymn for this day, "Come Ye Thankful People, Come", came from England and not New England, and is a happy combination of elements: it has the confident air of the righteous congregation praising God, along with seasonally appropriate references to harvest, and an apocalyptic longing for the return of the Lord that fits perfectly with the Catholic lectionary in the last weeks of the church year.

    Are there others we can commend?

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  • "For the Fruit of His Creation" AR HYD Y NOS or EAST ACKLAM
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  • Kathy
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    I love this verse:
    For the joy of ear and eye,
    for the heart and mind's delight,
    for the mystic harmony,
    linking sense to sound and sight;
    Lord of all, to thee we raise
    this our hymn of grateful praise.
  • The text is fine, beautiful.
    It could use a better tune.

    The greatest of all songs of thanksgiving is Te Deum.
  • Liam
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    . . . except for the Magnificat.
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  • Now Thank We All Our God
  • I second the Te Deum
  • chonakchonak
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    For reflection:

    Is there a difference between "What is the best song of thanksgiving" and "what is the best hymn for (American) Thanksgiving Day"?
  • An interesting question.
    I think not.
    Not, that is, if all is kept in its proper perspective, i.e., giving thanks to God for our providential blessings.
  • doneill
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    Interesting topic - I would tend to think there is a difference between those two questions, considering that Thanksgiving Day is full of cultural expectations that don't coincide with classic Catholic hymns of thanks like the Te Deum. I have been pushing for more propers, but this is one of the last days I would insist on it, only for a parish that has been in the habit of doing that for years. Being an American observance, there are no heritage musical chants, and there are some appropriate hymns that, unlike for many days of the year if you choose according to the lectionary, are part of cultural memory. I grew up Presbyterian, and we sang "Come, Ye Thankful Come" every year at Thanksgiving. It was only this year when I planned it for one of the final Sundays of Ordinary Time that I realized its apocalyptic imagery (I thought the harvest was, well, the harvest.). Yesterday, we sang that, "For the Beauty of the Earth," and "Now Thank We All Our God."
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  • Now Thank We All Our God and even better would be Sing to The Lord of Harvest.
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  • Gather us in?
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  • davido
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    Let All Things Now Living
    We Gather together to ask the Lord’s Blessing
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