25 Facts About Thanksgiving

5 More Catholic-ish Facts About Thanksgiving

  • The first American feast, which is sometimes called the first Thanksgiving, did actually have religious affiliation (sorry John Green). And it was celebrated on September 8, 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. The Native Americans and Spanish settlers held a feast and the Holy Mass was offered. This partaking of the g1Eucharist (Greek for Thanksgiving) makes it truly a Thanksgiving to remember.
  • Squanto, the beloved hero of Thanksgiving, was the Native American man who mediated between the Puritan Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Squanto had been enslaved by the English but he was freed by Spanish Franciscans. Squanto thus received baptism and became a Catholic. So it was a baptized Catholic Native American who orchestrated what became known as the common American Thanksgiving.
  • This common Thanksgiving, that we celebrate, is traditionally Protestant and marks the Pilgrim (maybe Puritan) allegedly celebrating a happy meal with the Native Americans in 1621.
  • Thanksgiving celebrates those who defied the Church of England and the Crown of England.
    • It began with Richard Clyfton who was a Church of England parson in Nottinghamshire in the early 1600s. Clifton sympathized with the Separatists of that era. As a result the King of England “defrocked” and stripped Dick Clyfton of his clerical status in the Church of England. Ergo, Dick wasn’t too happen, so he did what any one of us would do, and went to Amsterdam. Here he collected a following of disciples, commonly known as Pilgrims. These Pilgrims, with no home, moved around a bit until finally coming to America in 1620.
      • g1An interesting bit of trivia is that one child was born on board the Mayflower while at sea. The child was given the rather amazing name: “Oceanus”.

  • Another “First Thanksgiving” celebration occurred on American soil on April 30, 1598 in Texas when Don Juan de Oñate declared a day of Thanksgiving to be commemorated by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
  • Before Abe Lincoln Declared Thanksgiving a National Holiday Around the Same Date, the US Celebrated ‘Evacuation Day’ (Kicking Out the British) by Climbing Poles and Fastening American Flags to Them. The Popularity of Thanksgiving Brought a Decline to the US Holiday of Evacuation Day

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  1. Happy Thansgiving

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