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Giving Thanks for All Workers

Dear Cathedral Family,

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Labor Day marks the end of summer’s time, but it is so much more than a marker on the calendar, as the Collect for Labor Day (BCP 261) reminds us. Our lived experience of the last two years has brought us to a keener understanding of how much our daily lives depend on the work of others.

In your daily prayers this Labor Day, please remember all workers in our country and throughout the world and pray for their health and safety and for fair wages and working conditions for all. And while you’re at it, give thanks for the ease and privilege their work provides for us and that we may never take this for granted.

I hope you have a safe and restful holiday weekend, and I look forward to our all being together for the joyful beginning of our new program year on September 11.



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