November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving in Greek is EUCHARISTIA…

… AND CATHOLICS CELEBRATED THE FIRST ONE IN WHAT IS NOW THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on 8 September 1565, at St. Augustine, Florida— fifty-five years before the Puritans landed at Plymouth Rock.

Even earlier: the first Mass celebrated in Canada was on 7 July 1534 by a priest with the explorer Jacques Cartier.

However, the very first known Mass on the mainland of the Americas was in 1502, on a beach in what is now Honduras, Central America, during the fourth and last trip by Christopher Columbus.

Thus, Catholics in the Americas celebrated “Thanksgiving,” Eucharistía, the Mass, one hundred and eighteen years before the Puritans got here.

The “Pilgrims” belonged to a Puritan sect called “Separatists.” They believed that Catholicism was a contradiction of authentic Biblical Christianity.

When, in the Fall of 1621, the Puritans finally celebrated the fruits of their first harvest here, they did not even call it “Thanksgiving,” as that would have been objectionably similar to the Catholic tradition of “holy days” that they rejected.

In the years that followed, the Puritans did not keep any annual commemoration of that first grateful harvest festival.

More than 160 years later, in 1789, the United States of America seated its first president, George Washington.

During the eight years of his presidency, he scheduled several times a national day of giving thanks to God.

However, he did not set it up as an annual national holiday.

In the years that followed, some individual states instituted their own local days of giving thanks to God.

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln became our sixteenth president.

He also issued several proclamations of a national day for giving thanks to God.

However, our fixed annual day of national Thanksgiving to God did not begin until Lincoln’s proclamation on the third of October, 1863, in the middle of the Civil War.

Not until then did Americans begin to retroactively apply the name “Thanksgiving” to the first harvest celebration of the Puritans.

Click HERE to read historical facts about the Puritans who came to North America in 1620.

Click HERE for President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation Establishing "Thanksgiving Day".

I have posted a Thanksgiving Day homily.
Click HERE for it.


Blogger Dean said...

I love this. Thank you for posting it Father. Happy Thanksgiving!

10:40 PM  

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