We celebrated Harvest Thanksgiving/Christ the King on Sunday, November 21. The Altar Guild decorated the chancel with fresh vegetables and fruit, and we also had baskets of fruit and vegetables which were brought up to the altar with the gifts. It was a bilingual service, combining both the 7:30 and 10:30 services. We sang hymns in both languages, and finished the service with Crown Him With Many Crowns. If we were in the U.S.A. we'd celebrate Thanksgiving on Wednesday night or Thursday morning, but it isn't a holiday here in Panamá and everyone is at work on Wednesday and Thursday. The Lovely Mona and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our extended family on Friday evening, as it is easier to leave work early on Friday since Sunday is "Independence from Spain" day so we all get Monday off and leaving early on a long weekend is an honored tradition around the world!
After the service we had our Parish Thanksgiving luncheon, the first to be held in our new Parish Hall. I roasted one of the six turkeys consumed. As you can see, we had lots of food and lots of friends and family and lots and lots of fun! Here is photographic proof: