The Story of Thanksgiving. 感谢神，今年赐给佳音团契 5 个 家庭 5 个宝宝. 2:45am 感恩节宝宝. Priscilla. 朱欣恩 季方. 金钟 & 圆圆. 东轩 & 时燕. 王志 & 应丽. 龙锡 & 爱荣. The Thanksgiving holiday celebrated each November in the United States is known worldwide as an American custom, but its roots extend far back into human history.
Pilgrims Going to Church
The First Sermon Ashore, 1621
On March 16, 1621 , what was to become an important event took place, an Indian brave walked into the Plymouth settlement. The Pilgrims were frightened until the Indian called out "Welcome" (in English!). His name was Samoset.
They invited Squanto and about 90 Indians to join them in their celebration, which lasted for 3 days.
The following year 1622 the Pilgrims harvest was not as bountiful, as they were still unused to growing the corn. During the year they had also shared their stored food with newcomers and the Pilgrims ran short of food.
The 3rd year - 1623 brought a spring and summer that was hot and dry with the crops dying in the fields. Governor Bradford ordered a day of fasting and prayer, and it was soon thereafter that a long and steady rain came.
November 29, 1623
To give their thankfulness to God - November 29th of that year was proclaimed to be a day of thanksgiving. This date is believed to be the real true beginning of the present day Thanksgiving Day.
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks to God for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they proclaimed June 29 as a day of thanksgiving.
Throughout the Revolutionary War, Congress proclaimed days of fasting and of thanksgiving annually. This proclamation by Congress set May 17, 1776, as a "day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer" throughout the colonies.
1789 Thanksgiving and Prayer Proclamation
In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after him.
“...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 voice by the whole American People. ...”
1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation
The date was changed a couple of times, and in 1941, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, as the fourth Thursday in November.
It’s also a tradition to recount the origins of the Day of Thanksgiving, that we may celebrate the holiday as the Pilgrims did, in humble acknowledgment and heartfelt gratitude for God’s many blessings upon us.