THE TRADITIONAL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
To All the Churches, Missions, Oratories, Priests, Parishioners
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever..” Psalm 105:1
To my venerable sons in the holy priesthood and to all of the People of God especially those in America who celebrate Thanksgiving Day as a National Holiday.
Thanksgiving Day always ushers in a strange condition of fantasy for our nation. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day, is the busiest travel day of the year. Every year, families do what they can to be with family members on Thanksgiving, even when we know the turkey might be overcooked, the stuffing barely edible and the conversation boring. Why? We go along because family matters to us and we love them. The love we have for each other is witnessed by each person present at the Thanksgiving table. We have so much to be thankful for and not just on this National Holiday.
Thanksgiving Day is a day of giving thanks or praise to God. God wants us to know Him, so He gave us His word –the Bible- to teach us about Himself. The Bible is the second pillar of the Church, (Sacred Scripture). The Scriptures are God’s very word to us.
The Thanksgiving meal for every Catholic is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is every day and every Sunday. The word, Eucharist, comes from the Greek word
(eucharista) which literally means, “thanksgiving”.
We live at a time when many people state that they are “spiritual” but not religious”
If this is the way that you see your relationship with God, We are grateful that you are reading this letter. You recognize your hunger for God and want to have a relationship with God because He created you, redeemed you and loved you.
Our culture today, is so ungrateful and yet we have so much to be thankful for. Our culture promotes an unhealthy individualism that has certainly crept into the way some members of our Catholic family practice their faith. We must come to the Holy Sacrifice to give thanks for what God has done for us.
We celebrate the institution of Thanksgiving Day as an annual national holiday
from the year 1863, when in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, issued a proclamation calling for the people to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens….and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the Nations and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and union.”
With prayers of gratitude in our hearts, we will come together as a Cathedral on November 26, 2014, at 7:30pm, to give thanks to God for all He has done for each and every one of us.
On this blessed Thanksgiving Day, may we offer our deep gratitude and jubilant thanksgiving to Almighty God. With fervent prayers, We beseech the Lord to be with you during this time of thanksgiving.