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Thanksgiving and Advent
« on: November 20, 2007, 02:01:17 PM »
So...I consider this a fun topic.  I'm an Old-Calendarist, so Advent sometimes doesn't start until the day after Thanksgiving.  But as for you New Calendarists, since Advent starts earlier, do you do a "one-day" cheat and not fast on Thanksgiving to eat that turkey?  Do you celebrate Thanksgiving early?

And for those of you who cheat...admit it.  Don't be shy  ;)  I know some Greeks who do...lol

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Re: Thanksgiving and Advent
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007, 02:22:17 PM »
So...I consider this a fun topic.  I'm an Old-Calendarist, so Advent sometimes doesn't start until the day after Thanksgiving.  But as for you New Calendarists, since Advent starts earlier, do you do a "one-day" cheat and not fast on Thanksgiving to eat that turkey?  Do you celebrate Thanksgiving early?

And for those of you who cheat...admit it.  Don't be shy  ;)  I know some Greeks who do...lol

God bless. 

I don't know about "cheat" - I think our bishop has a long-standing policy that Thanksgiving day (just that day) is exempt because of the celebration.
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Re: Thanksgiving and Advent
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007, 02:25:11 PM »
And for those of you who cheat...admit it.  Don't be shy  ;)  I know some Greeks who do...lol

My priest (GOA) told me that the church gives its blessing to break the fast for Thanksgiving.  I have have no idea what the practice of other jurisdictions in the US is. 

Look at this: http://www.goarch.org/en/news/NewsDetail.asp?id=1887

Especially the last paragraph:
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It is my heartfelt prayer that as we come together on this Day of Thanksgiving, feasting in thanks and in gratitude with our loved ones, friends, and family, we may be cognizant of the very special blessings that we enjoy in this land and that we may strive in our daily actions to reflect that gratitude in the love we show to others.

I certainly hope feasting doesn't mean a soy turkey!

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Re: Thanksgiving and Advent
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 02:40:28 PM »
The OCA Synod has given their Blessing to allow us to break the fast for Thanksgiving day. There can't be any leftovers though, so we need to eat early and often!

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Re: Thanksgiving and Advent
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2007, 02:05:18 AM »
The OCA Synod has given their Blessing to allow us to break the fast for Thanksgiving day. There can't be any leftovers though, so we need to eat early and often!

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No turkey for me this year...  I'm eating duck instead.
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Re: Thanksgiving and Advent
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2007, 07:10:45 AM »
No turkey for me this year...  I'm eating duck instead.

Turducken?  Or Tofurkey?

Oh, duck!  Right.
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Re: Thanksgiving and Advent
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2007, 02:43:41 AM »
Turducken?  Or Tofurkey?

Oh, duck!  Right.
And I'm not talking the University of Oregon variety--too bad they lost their Heisman-candidate QB to a torn ACL, for our hopes for a national title went with him. :'(
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Re: Thanksgiving and Advent
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2007, 11:32:28 AM »
From our parish newsletter:

AMERICAN THANKSGIVING DAY- On the Fourth Thursday of November, the people of the United States gather in their families to thank the Lord for all that He has done for us, and for our world. Many Orthodox Parishes serve the American Thanksgiving Service written By St. Tikon when he was a bishop in the United States. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Self-Ruling Archdiocese of The Antiochian Orthodox Church of North America has granted to Antiochian Orthodox Christians the oeconomia of eating a traditional Thanksgiving Feast including Turkey on this day despite it being in the Nativity Lenten fast period. Your non-fasting recipes that have leftovers will need to be packaged and frozen awaiting the feast of the Nativity to finish enjoying them.

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Re: Thanksgiving and Advent
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2007, 03:39:50 PM »
Interesting...thank you for the info...

Well, Happy Thanksgiving everyone  :)
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