Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving in Greek is εὐχαριστία , or eucharistia. It is described in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks (εὐχαριστήσας), he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me”. (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)

The term Eucharist is used as a Liturgical Rite by the end of the first century. Orthodox Churches, the Latin Rite Churches, Anglicans, Presbyterians, and Lutherans still use the term for the Liturgical Rite. Other Protestant denominations rarely use this term, preferring either “Communion”, “the Lord’s Supper”, or “the Breaking of Bread”. (that’s from Wikipedia) Odd how many Vatican II churches have the preference for “table of the Lord” over “Altar” and   “the Lord’s Supper” over “Eucharist” I am unsure what term the Pilgrims used.
If one were to research the term Iconoclast, they would find this definition:

i·con·o·clast
[īˈkänəˌklast]
NOUN
1. a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions.
synonyms: critic · skeptic · heretic · unbeliever · dissident ·
2. a destroyer of images used in religious worship, in particular.
• historical
a supporter of the 8th- and 9th-century movement in the Byzantine Church that sought to abolish the veneration of icons and other religious images.
• historical
a Puritan of the 16th or 17th century.

It’s that first and last line I find most interesting. Iconoclast: a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions, a Puritan of the 16th or 17th century.
I wonder what Catholic holiday is like the Secular-Protestant/ American Thanksgiving? Its Saint Martin’s Day.   On that day the turkey is replaced with goose There is anecdotal evidence :

Turducken is a dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, further stuffed into a deboned turkey. Outside of the United States and Canada, it is known as a three bird roast. Gooducken is a traditional English variant, replacing turkey with goose.

 

Presentation of Mary

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Here is a recycled post from 5-years ago:

According to tradition the childless Joachim and Anne, received a message from an angel that they would have a child. In fulfilling a vow for the gift of their daughter, they brought the three year old Mary to the Jerusalem Temple so that she might be consecrated to God. Tradition tells that Mary remained in the Temple until twelve years of age, at which point she was assigned to Joseph as guardian. The tradition also says that she remained in the temple to be educated in her role as the mother of God. The presentation of Mary reemphasizes the holiness of Mary as Mother of God, an importance commemorated by the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This memorial of the Presentation of Mary celebrates Mary’s dedication to God from her infancy, through the Holy Spirit, who filled her with grace at her immaculate conception. Mary’s role as mother of God did not begin with the Nativity of Christ, it begins with her immaculate conception and was strengthened at her temple presentation. In presenting herself to God and accepting Gods plan for her, she was able to accept the annunciation and all that follows. In that she is the image of church, the new temple. Through the presentation she accepted and prepared for her role as Mother of God. In a sense this is the beginning of Mary’s Advent as presenting oneself before God is the first step to receiving the Christ of the Nativity. Advent begins in 16-days.

Aside

Mathew was used to assessing a person’s worth and he could determine their value, he was a taxman. Then Jesus said follow me, and that taxman did. In doing so, he began a new system of appraisal. People were no longer valued in terms of income, or status. All people are precious in the eyes of God, this is Jesus’s reminder to his followers. This is the reminder to the tax collector that once valued people according to earnings; Matthews’s valuation turned from the earthly to the heavenly. Through his discipleship he learned the true value of mankind. That’s something to think of on his feast-day. How often are people thought of as precious in the eyes of God today? How many are valued instead on their wealth, or their intelligence, or their profession, or their heritage. How often do people forget that all people are precious in the eyes of God? So often when people think of Saint Matthew they become focused on Matthew the sinner because that is how he was perceived in his day. How many forget that Matthew himself once valued people incorrectly, according to a materialistic scale. How many forget that he drastically changed his approach once he became a disciple of the LORD. How many are willing to take the same leap of faith that Matthew did, and realize that all people are precious in the eyes of God.

The feast of the apostle Matthew

21 September 2017