The legendary occasion of Thanksgiving falls on the 4th Thursday of November in the United States and is celebrated with much showiness and magnificence. Since it is a national holiday and falls on a Thursday, people get a four-day weekend to enjoy with their family and friends, while most of them make trips to distant destinations. People also offer prayers of thankfulness to God on this frivolous holiday. A popular Christian hymn, "Now Thank We All our God" is a translated melody from the German "Nun danket alle Gott", written by Martin Rinkart and sung to the tune of "Nun Dank-et", which was devised by Felix Mendelssohn and attributed to Johann Cruger. Being a joyous hymn, it is often sung on Christian weddings and other religious ceremonies. In Germany, you can spot people singing this hymn on the blissful festival of Thanksgiving. Scroll further for the lyrics of this harmonious hymn.
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
An appropriate prayer to accompany the Thanksgiving Dinner, 'Now Thank We All Our God' is easy to learn too.