John Paul II Reflects on Time of Thanksgiving

Celebration Fully Expressed in Eucharist

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 14, 2004 ( Here is a translation of John Paul II’s Angelus address given at midday on Sunday with several thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.

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1. Today, in Italy, a Day of Thanksgiving to God is being celebrated, for the fruits of the earth harvested during the year.

The main celebration is taking place in Genoa, chosen this year as the “European Capital of Culture.” I gladly unite myself to the prayer being raised by the Genoese ecclesial community and by all those who work in different capacities in the agricultural sector.

2. For us, Christians, thanksgiving is expressed fully in the Eucharist. In every Holy Mass, we bless the Lord, God of the universe, presenting to him the bread and wine, fruits “of the earth and of the work of man.” To these simple foods, Christ has united his sacrificial oblation. United to Him, believers are also called to offer to God their lives and daily work.

3. May Mary, Mother of Divine Providence, teach us to be grateful to the Lord for all that nature and human effort produce for our sustenance, and make us ready to share our resources with all those who are in need.

[Translation by ZENIT]

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