Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Penny Starr

11/20/2012 (2 years ago)

CNSNews (www.cnsnews.com)

As the family sits around the kitchen table, the father leads the family in prayer

We thank thee for the privilege of living as free men in a country which respects our freedom and our personal rights to worship and think and speak as we choose

The Nov. 21, 1954 show featured the Anderson family: Jim and Margaret and their three children, Betty, Bud and Kathy

The Nov. 21, 1954 show featured the Anderson family: Jim and Margaret and their three children, Betty, Bud and Kathy

Highlights

By Penny Starr

CNSNews (www.cnsnews.com)

11/20/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Thanksgiving, religious freedom, Father knows Best, Culture, Thanksgiving, Penny Starr


WASHINGTON, DC (CNSNews.com) - On Thanksgiving week in 1954, NBC aired a holiday-themed "Father Knows Best" that ended with the family praying before their meal, including thanking God "for the privilege of living as free men in a country which respects our freedom and our personal rights to worship and think and speak as we choose."

The Nov. 21, 1954 show featured the Anderson family: Jim and Margaret and their three children, Betty, Bud and Kathy.

In the program, the family decided to forgo a Thanksgiving meal because of scheduling conflicts. But in the end, the parents and children decide that sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal together is the best way to celebrate.

As the family sits around the kitchen table, the father leads the family in prayer:

"Oh Lord, we give thee thanks from the depths of our humble hearts for all the blessings thou has seen fit to bestow upon us. We thank thee for the food, which graces our table, the roof, which covers our head.

"We thank thee for the privilege of living as free men in a country which respects our freedom and our personal rights to worship and think and speak as we choose.

"We thank thee for making us a family, for giving us sincerity and understanding.

"But most of all, dear Lord, we thank thee for giving us the greatest gift a family may know--the gift of love for one another. Amen."

Robert Young (Jim), Jane Wyatt (Margaret), Billy Gray (Bud), Lauren Chapin (Kathy) and Elinor Donahue (Betty) starred in "Father Knows Best," which aired on NBC from 1954 to 1960.

---

CNSNews.com is a division of the Media Research Center, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Like National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System, CNSNews.com is able to provide its services and information to the public at no cost, thanks to the generous support of our thousands of donors and their tax-deductible contributions.This article is reprinted with permission.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More U.S.

New study pinpoints most 'racist' areas in America -- and it's not where you think it is Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New research suggests that areas in the northern part of the United States have higher mortality rates for black Americans and the people were found to be more racist. Researchers from the University of Maryland, found that areas with more people Google searching the ... continue reading


Crazed, bloody man caught on tape attempting kidnap Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Jessica Corrales, a 24-year old victim of assault, ran for cover with her mother and niece inside the City Hall at the California desert town of Hesperia as a crazed guy covered in blood chased after them. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - In the cell phone ... continue reading


New Black Panther Party's national leader compares their 'war' to the Founding Fathers' accomplishments Watch

Image of  We have to love ourselves enough to be willing to die or kill to save our babies and to save a black nation that is dying before our eyes,

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New Black Panther Party's national leader, Hashim Nzinga, said that they are "willing to die or kill to save our babies and to save a black nation that is dying before our eyes," during the week's broadcast for the "Black Power Radio." MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


Nevada's Lake Mead drying up: At lowest level since the 1930s Watch

Image of For California, Arizona and Nevada, which draw water from Lake Mead, it's only to get worse.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's just the latest bad news in an increasingly dry year for the Southwestern states. Lake Mead in Nevada is at critically low levels. The popular recreation spot is at 38 percent capacity, the lowest the lake has been since the 1930s. LOS ANGELES, ca ... continue reading


Kindergartener and brother disturbingly bring handguns to elementary school Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Dewitt Elementary School authorities were alerted after a student reported seeing brothers with guns on the school bus, according to spokesperson Frank Shelton. The two brothers, ages 6 and 7, were accused of taking the guns, one of them loaded, to their school in Flat ... continue reading


St Joseph and Recovering the Dignity of All Human Work Today Watch

Image of The Church rightly proclaims that the path to true freedom and flourishing is the Way of Jesus Christ. She also affirms that there is a dignity to all human work precisely because of the dignity of every human worker who is engaged in it. That worker is created in the Image and Likeness of God. That dignity was elevated to even greater heights through the Incarnation of Jesus, the Worker of Nazareth.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

I am old enough to remember what used to happen on  May 1st, when many Communist Regimes paraded their weapons of destruction through the streets of many major cities in the Capitols of Nations held captive under the boot of Marxist oppression. Sadly, the ... continue reading


California coast put on alert after woman killed by shark in Hawaii Watch

Image of The Hawaii attack was the third fatal shark attack to occur in Maui waters near Makena since 2013.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It was Hawaii's third shark-related fatality since 2013, after a 65-year-old woman was separated from her friends later to be found dead. Officials in Maui have closed several beaches. Shark sightings in California have likewise spurred warnings on popular ... continue reading


David versus Goliath: Bernie Sanders may be the one to slay Hillary Clinton Watch

Image of Formerly an Independent Senator from Vermont, now a Democrat, Bernie Sanders may be the one person that could defeat Hillary Clinton for a Democratic nomination.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now has competition for the Democratic nomination following news that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has become a Democrat in order to run for president. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The former Independent and ... continue reading


Middle school teacher fired for giving controversial opinions about Obama to students Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After parents complained about a teacher's comments on U.S. President Barack Obama during her class, the Georgia teacher was removed from the classroom and forced into retirement. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Nancy Perry allegedly told students that ... continue reading


Florida family makes gruesome discovery in attic Watch

Image of WFLA TV

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A family from Tampa, Florida completed a routine "Spring Cleaning," earlier this month. However, they found something that may give them clues to their family's history. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Mike Lopez found a box from his grandfather. It is a ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 9:26-31
26 When he got to Jerusalem he tried to join the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
26 The poor will eat and be filled, those who seek ... Read More

Gospel, John 15:1-8
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the ... Read More

Reading 2, First John 3:18-24
18 Children, our love must be not just words or mere ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 3rd, 2015 Image

St. James the Lesser
May 3: St. James the Less, the author of the first Catholic Epistle, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter