Most people are familiar with the story of the Pilgrims and the hardships they faced, as well as the time they set aside for celebration and giving of thanks which we now celebrate as Thanksgiving. Few are aware of the document written by the Pilgrims that served as the constitution for their colony. It is a great document that reveals the reason for the Pilgrim’s journey and their plans for the New World. As you take time to give thanks for all the wonderful things in your life, and for our great nation, keep in mind the heritage our nation was founded upon as exemplified in the Mayflower Compact:
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620