Started by peter_speckhard, November 25, 2020, 01:19:47 AM
Quote from: peter_speckhard on November 25, 2020, 01:20:42 AMAs absent as the hearth is the family tree. The multiple generations of Thanksgiving have been compressed by lopping off the ends. No ancestors or descendants here. The people in this scene are all roughly the same age, or at least of the same generation. They are not newbies, but they're young enough to be ascending the career ladder, more at home among college students than among retirees. The picture expresses no filial piety toward some old man, or mandatory patience for some pouty preteen. It depicts no excited little girls wanting to hold the baby. There are no heirlooms on the table or old family recipes on the menu.
QuotePraise Him with the sound of trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre. Katherine, the all-lauded Martyr, as we keep the all-sacred feastof your contest and martyrdom, with voices incessant we glorify the Master, who bestowed upon you patient endurance to the end, and who exalted you as victorious, and gave you words of wisdom to defeat the impious orators.He is Jesus, our Lord and God and the Savior who loves mankind.--Stichera from the Praises, Fourth Tone
Quote from: D. Engebretson on November 25, 2020, 09:59:28 AMThank you for this thoughtful article on the evolution, yet stability of this enduring national holiday. Thanksgiving has changed for some, and yet, as the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same. My 30-something eldest daughter and her husband can't be with us this year due to the pandemic. She is a Ph.D product of the secular university system who will be taking a new position overseeing a large research grant at one of Wisconsin's universities. Her husband works as a financial analyst at a large insurance firm. In many ways they embody their own generation. Yet for the last number of years she offered to host the traditional thanksgiving family gathering at their home, turkey, trimmings and all. Even though she will celebrate this year only with her husband, they will still try to recreate the dinner experience, and we will connect later by Zoom. They are also going to dedicate some time helping a local food shelter distribute food. A nice way to add to what thanksgiving represents. I'm not sure how many on this board have churches that offer a Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Eve service. We do. With Communion. Yes, in many ways it's a secular holiday, but you catch the important point that prayer is still a central element. Regardless of the size of the clan or the spread on the table, a prayer of thanks hopefully will always mark this day.
Quote from: Jeremy Loesch on November 25, 2020, 09:26:59 AMAnd when an issue of FL arrives in the mail, I read the lead article and try to guess if it was written by you or Richard. I usually get it right.
Quote from: President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Day ProclamationWashington, D.C.October 3, 1863By the President of the United States of America.A Proclamation.The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.By the President: Abraham LincolnWilliam H. Seward,Secretary of State