From the Venerable Master (November, 2015)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 2:10 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:28 PM ]

My Brothers and their Ladies,

Thanksgiving Day is a National Holiday held primarily in Canada and the United States. However, it is celebrated also in many countries such as Liberia, Grenada, and United Kingdom. The Thanksgiving holiday history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation, however, in the West Indian island of Grenada, the celebration marks the anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of the island in 1983, in response to the deposition and execution of the Grenadian Prime Minister. In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present day Massachusetts. In Canada, the first Canadian Thanksgiving is often traced back to 1578 and the explorer Martin Frobisher. He held his Thanksgiving celebration not for harvest but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England thru the perils of storms and iceberg. But no matter where Thanksgiving is practiced, our Thanksgiving day is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and for the proceeding year. So I say it unto all of you — a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Fraternally, Jack Harris  -  Venerable Master