Nov 13/26 2009 St John Chrysostom
Today is the commemoration of St John the Golden mouthed (Chrysostom), and also the day of the American Holiday of Thanksgiving.
St John givens us our first gleaning: before he died of tuberculosis, while traveling in exile, his last words were “Glory be to God for all things”.
He lived and died according to his preaching, as he had said:
“Even if it be disease or poverty…, for seen and unseen benefits…, and for those which we receive against our will; …but also whenever we are either in poverty, or in sicknesses, or are being insulted, then let us intensify our thanksgiving; thanksgiving, I mean, not in words, nor with the tongue, but in deeds and works, in mind and in heart; let us give thanks to Him with all our souls.” 
“Have you fallen seriously ill? This brings you the crown of martyrdom [through thanksgiving].20 Nothing is holier than that tongue which gives thanks to God in evil circumstances; truly in no respect does it fall short of that of Martyrs; both alike are crowned, both the former and the latter” .
St John Chrysostom on the Eucharist:
The dread Mysteries, full of such great salvation, which are celebrated at every Liturgy, are also called a Thanksgiving [Eucharistia] because they are the remembrance of many benefits, and they signify the culmination of God’s Providence towards us, and in every way cause us to be thankful to Him. 
How do we preserve our blessings?
Let us give thanks to God continually. For, it is outrageous that when we enjoy His benefaction to us in deed every single day, we do not acknowledge the favor with so much as a word; and this, when the acknowledgment confers great benefit on us. He does not need anything of ours, but we stand in need of all things from Him.
In point of fact, thanksgiving adds nothing to Him, but it brings us closer to Him. For if, when we recall the benefactions of men, we are the more warmed by affection for them; much more, when we continually bring to mind the benefits of the Master towards us, shall we be more earnest with regard to His commandments.
For this cause Paul also said, Be ye thankful. For the best preservative of any benefaction is the remembrance of the benefaction, and a continual thanksgiving for it
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 St. John Chrysostomos, Homily 19 on Ephesians, 2, Patrologia Græca, Vol. LXII, cols. 129-130. taken from the excellent article Christian Gratitude, A Fundamental Hallmark of Orthodox Spirituality, by Archimandrite Cyprian, http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/gratitude.aspx
 Homily 8 on Colossians, 5, Patrologia Græca, Vol. LXII, col. 357., from the article cited in note 1
 Homily 25 on St. Matthew, 3, Patrologia Græca, Vol. LVII, col. 331., from the article cited in note 1.
 St. John Chrysostomos, Homily 25 on St. Matthew, 3, Patrologia Græca, Vol. LVII, col. 331, ., from the article cited in note 1.
 St Basil the Great, Homily On the Martyr Julitta (and the Remainder of the Previous Homily on Thanksgiving), 6-7, Patrologia Græca, Vol. XXXI, cols. 253B-256A., ., from the article cited in note 1