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Let us take a pause from St. Ambrose to look at a few things from the liturgical tradition of the Orthodox Church that demonstrate how Thanksgiving is The Great American Holiday, because it properly orients us toward God.

From the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom:

It is proper and right to sing to You, bless You, praise You, thank You and worship You in all places of Your dominion; for You are God ineffable, beyond comprehension, invisible, beyond understanding, existing forever and always the same; You and Your only begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit. You brought us into being out of nothing, and when we fell, You raised us up again. You did not cease doing everything until You led us to heaven and granted us Your kingdom to come. For all these things we thank You and Your only begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit; for all things that we know and do not know, for blessings seen and unseen that have been bestowed upon us.

Psalm 117(118):

O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Let Israel now say that He is good, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Let the house of Aaron now say that He is good, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Let them that fear the LORD now say that He is good, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

called upon the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me, and set me in an ample place, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do unto me? Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

The LORD taketh my part among them that help me; therefore shall I see what I desire upon them that hate me, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

All the nations compassed me about, but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

They compassed me about, yea, they compassed me about; but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

They compassed me about like bees, they are quenched as the fire of thorns; for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Thou hast thrust sorely at me that I might fall, but the LORD helped me, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

The LORD is my strength and song, and has become my salvation, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous; the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

The right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the LORD, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

The LORD hath chastened me sorely, but He hath not given me over unto death, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

I will praise Thee, for Thou hast heard me and art become my salvation, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

The stone which the builders refused has become the head stone of the corner, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Save now, I beseech Thee, O LORD; O LORD, I beseech Thee, send now prosperity, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

God is the LORD, who hath shown us light; bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Thou art my God, and I will praise Thee; Thou art my God, I will exalt Thee, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good, Alleluia! For His mercy endureth for ever and ever, Alleluia!

Psalm 135 (136):

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

O give thanks unto the God of gods, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

O give thanks to the Lord of lords, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

To him who alone doeth great wonders, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

To him that by wisdom made the heavens, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

To him that made great lights, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

The sun to rule by day, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

The moon and stars to rule by night, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

And brought out Israel from among them, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

To him which divided the Red sea into parts, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

To him which led his people through the wilderness, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

To him which smote great kings, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

And slew famous kings, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

Sihon king of the Amorites, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

And Og the king of Bashan, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

And gave their land for an heritage, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

Even an heritage unto Israel his servant, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

Who remembered us in our low estate, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

And hath redeemed us from our enemies, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

Who giveth food to all flesh, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!

O give thanks unto the God of heaven, Alleluia! For his mercy endureth for ever, Alleluia!