The First Thanksgiving Was Catholic

Tradition in Action has an article by Dr. Marian T. Horvat, PHD

I have been asked to comment on Thanksgiving, the national holiday commemorating the first successful harvest season of the grim Protestant pilgrims of New England.

"It just doesn’t seem right to celebrate the prospering of a Puritan sect that established a Calvinist theocracy in the Massachusetts Colony that would mercilessly persecute Catholics,” one reader argued.

Such Catholics, gathered around their laden Thanksgiving tables enjoying the company of family and friends, should know a quite consoling fact of American History: the first Thanksgiving on U.S. soil was Catholic. more...

Te Deum
(We praise Thee, O God)
We praise Thee, O God; we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
Thee the Father everlasting, all the earth doth worship.
To Thee all the angels, to Thee the heavens, and all the powers.
To Thee the Cherubim and Seraphim cry out unceasingly:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts.
Full are the heavens and the earth, of the majesty of Thy glory.
Thee, the glorious choir of the apostles,
Thee, the admirable company of the prophets,
Thee, the white-robed army of the martyrs doth praise.
Thee, the holy Church throughout the world doth confess,
The Father of infinite majesty.
Thine adorable, true, and only Son.
And the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete.
Thou, O Christ, art the King of glory.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Thou, having taken upon Thee to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.
Thou, having overcome the sting of death, hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
Thou we believe art the judge to come.
We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy peopoe, and bless Thine inheritance.
And govern them and exalt them forever.
Day by day, we bless Thee.
And we praise Thy name forever; yea forever and forever.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, to keep us without sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord; have mercy on us.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; as we have hoped in Thee.
In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be confounded.

V. Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
R. Let us praise and magnify Him forever.
V. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
R. And worthy to be praised, and glorified, and exalted forever.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

O God, Whose mercies are without number, and the treasure of Whose goodness is infinite; we render thanks to Thy most precious majesty for the gifts Thou hast bestowed upon us; evermore beseeching Thy clemency that as Thou grantest the petitions of those who seek Thee, Thou wilt never forsake them, but wilt prepare them for the rewards to come. Through Christ Our Lord.

R. Amen.

Thanks and a tip of the hat ot Geoff for tipping me off to this article.

de Brantigny

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