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Morning over the bay

Thanksgiving Proclamation

George Washington

Available languages: español

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  • LAURIE

    I agree with Nicole 's comment of 04 NOV 2013. I wonder if we might ask our president to read that proclamation again this year.

  • Nicole

    f only our country could come back to the spirit of the fathers of our country that led their lives in awe of God and in reverence of how HE is the one to lead our lives and country. We as a nation need to come back to this. What is happening when only evolution can be taught in our schools and we are told that we cannot even talk about God's creation to our children? What is happening when we force our children to proclaim the pledge of allegiance daily while we refuse them a moment to bow their heads in prayer to the God that created them as His own children? How can we pretend that our nation still worships the mighty Lord of Heaven and Earth when all our attention is on worshiping material possessions? Thank you for sharing this with us. If only we could repent and come back to what our nation was founded upon: A strong faith and commitment to God as the leader of our lives and nation. I plan to share this with as many of my friends as will listen for their Thank sgiving this year. It is a powerful reminder to come back to our true calling in life: To serve the one who gave us life and so much to be so thankful for. Thank you for sharing this!!!!

During the time of the founding fathers Thanksgiving was a day set aside for prayer and fasting. This is the first Presidential (instead of state or congressional) Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, issued by George Washington in 1789.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent original thanksgiving proclamationAuthor of all the good that was, that is, or that will be

– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks

– for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation

– for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war

– for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed

– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions

– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually

– to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed

– to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord

– To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us

– and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
GO. WASHINGTON.

George Washington painted by Rembrandt Peale circa 1846. George Washington painted by Rembrandt Peale circa 1846.
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