The Armchair Liturgist: Thanksgiving


How do your parishes treat yesterday’s observance? I know Canadians have their Thanksgiving on October, so the same question applies.  Any other nations with an official or semi-official holiday like that?

In Iowa, the neighborhood ecumenical Thanksgiving had longer traditional legs than the parish observance. Maybe your parish is part of that kind of celebration.

In my hometown home parish, otherwise villified in the St Blog’s rack, one year I got a phone call about 8:30AM. The pastor had forgotten to line up musicians for 10:00 Mass. Could I do it? Putting together groups like that on ninety minutes’ notice is interesting. It appeals to my sense of teetering on the edge of disaster.

What if you were sitting in the chair: how would you dictate the ideal liturgical Thanksgiving be celebrated?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Thanksgiving

  1. Talmida says:

    I’ve been to a couple of different parishes for Canadian thanksgiving (which is always a Monday long weekend). The weekend masses often include a food-bank drive with parishioners encouraged to place their food offerings in front of the altar before mass begins. Some parishes get to sing some of the great old thanksgiving hymns too (Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow, Now Thank We All Our God, etc). Alas, mine is not one of them.

  2. Eric says:

    At our parish we also ask those attending to bring bags of food for the poor, however we have them bring up the bags at the offertory, which is the time provided in the rubrics for the presentation of gifts for the poor.

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