- P. Claudio
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November (in this year 2022 it will be on Thursday the 24th). It is a celebration that continues for four days and is mainly an occasion to get together as a family. It is a tradition that dates back to 1621 when it was the first successful and abundant harvest obtained by the first European settlers thanks to the help and collaboration of the indigenous people.
The celebration focuses on giving thanks to God for all the blessings received during the year gathered with family and friends to share dinner.
The sacred liturgy of this day is very rich in its content, both in its own prayers and in the biblical texts. Blessing, gratitude, solidarity and sharing the gifts received from God are the main themes.
The Eucharist is already in itself "Thanksgiving", because Jesus Christ in the name of all humanity offers himself, assuring the acceptance and good pleasure of our Father God.
And in Christ we find the example of the perfect and full offering to God for others and the greatest gift that God can give us. If we integrate the traditional celebration and family participation in the Eucharist, we will fill this day with meaning by increasing our Faith, reinforcing our Hope and committing ourselves to living Charity with a deep Christian spirit.