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Bishop’s Note – 2019 BCP – Morning Prayer
The General Thanksgiving

As we continue our examination of the 2019 BCP and specifically the office of Morning Prayer, we approach the close of the service with the option of praying the General Thanksgiving, the Prayer of St. Chrysostom, or as I generally do, both!


This morning I would like to examine the General Thanksgiving. The General Thanksgiving was not in the original 1549 prayer book but was added to the 1662 BCP at the behest of the Bishop of Norwich, Edward Reynolds. Bishop Reynolds represented the Puritan, more Protestant wing of the church. He felt that the office of Morning Prayer, then the primary form of worship on the Lord’s Day, did not have a sufficiently robust prayer of thanksgiving for our creation, salvation, and daily mercies. Bishop Reynolds is said to have penned this prayer and argued vociferously for its inclusion in the “new” Book of Common Prayer. Obviously, he was successful and lived to not only see its inclusion but to see its great reception.


Before I close, today is All Hallows’ Eve, and I pray you all a very blessed celebration of All Hallows or All Saints Day tomorrow.

Bishop Menees

Before the close of the Office one or both of the following prayers may be used.


Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness

to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation,

and all the blessings of this life;

but above all for your immeasurable love

in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives,

by giving up our selves to your service,

and by walking before you

in holiness and righteousness all our days;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

San Joaquin Anglican
November 3
Bishop @ Saint Jude's Consecration

November 8
Diocesan Convention

November 10
Bishop @ Christ Church Lemoore

November 11
Office Closed

November 17
Bishop @ Saint John's Porterville

November 24
Bishop @ Jesus our Savior and Grace

November 27-29
Office Closed for Thanksgiving

December 1
Bishop @ Saint Nicholas

December 2-4
Diocesan Clergy Retreat

December 8
Bishop @ Saint Peter's

December 15
Bishop @ Saint Michael's Church Plant

December 22
Bishop @ Epiphany

December 24-26
Office Closed for Christmas

December 31 - January 1
Office Closed for Feast of the Holy Name

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