Nov 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks be, and glory be, to God for all His great goodness to us. Deo gratias.

Now for a little debunking: The Pilgrims were a johnny-come-lately bunch.

Spanish Catholics celebrated at least three Masses of Thanksgiving in what is today the USA, long before the Pilgrims.

The first was during Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's expedition, in Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, in 1541. Padre Juan de Padilla said Mass.

The next was during the Menendez de Aviles expedition, in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565.

And the third was during Juan de Onate's expedition, near present-day El Paso, Texas, in 1598.

So there.


Blogger Gibbons J. Cooney said...

God Bless you, Q., and Happy Thanksgiving.

BTW, I know a Salesian brother whose family came here with Coronado!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Gibbons,

God bless you, too, and I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

That's fantastic about the Salesian brother whose family came here with Coronado!

I knew someone who was descended (collaterally?)from Cabeza de Vaca.

10:27 PM  

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