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Harvest Prayers


Harvest festivals are common the world over, and are not necessarily Christian celebrations. However, the Christian church has adopted this festival time as a way of giving thanks to God for His goodness in providing us with food and sustenance from the land. The times of year that a harvest service of thanksgiving is held varies from country to country. For example, in Britain this occurs in late September, in Canada the celebration falls on the second Monday in October, whereas in the USA Thanksgiving day is held on the forth Thursday in November.

Gathered together on this page are prayers used at thanksgiving time by the Anglican and Catholic traditions, as well as harvest prayers and a song for children.



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Prayer for the Harvest

A good short harvest prayer with seasonal images and accompanying instrumental music. Just over one minute long:-



Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer, 1850-1894



Anglican Thanksgiving Prayer for the Harvest


Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew:
We yield thee hearty thanks and praise for the return of seedtime and harvest,
for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of its fruits,
and for all the other blessings of thy merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of these great mercies,
such as may appear in our lives by a humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost be all glory and honor,
world without end.

Amen.

source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.


Bible verse for Harvestime:-

Then he said to them, "The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest.

Luke 10:2, (NHEB)


Catholic Harvest Prayer


Prayer of the Christian Farmer and Gardener

O God, Source and Giver of all things, Who does manifest Thy infinite majesty, power and goodness in all the earth, we give You honor and glory.

For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields, for the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank You. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful.

Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Christ, Your Son, as atonement for our sins, for the growth of Your Church, for peace and charity in our homes.

Amen.

Morning Has Broken (Harvest Song for Children)

The 1971 inspired arrangement by Cat Stevens (with piano by Rick Wakeman). The writing of this song is often incorrectly attributed to Stevens. It is in fact the lyrical work of Eleanor Farjeon in 1922, and the melody that the song is based on is called "Bunessan" - a traditional Scottish gaelic tune:-

The lyrics to this song can be found here

Childrens Prayers for the Harvest

Thanksgiving Prayer for Children

Lord, thank you for the flowers and thank you for the trees
Thank you for my special friends and all the fun they bring
Thank you for the food I eat and thank you for my drink
But most of all I thank you for the way you love me

(a modern prayer of thanks to God from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1803-1882)



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