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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
Returning to the front of tho church
the procession entered, and advanced
up the main aisle to tho high altar,
singing the Litany of the Saints. The
walls -wore then blessed inside.
The ceremony of dedication being
over, the Bishop, attended by his min
isters, clothed himself in his Pontifical
vestments, in order to sing Pontifical
High Mass. The oflicers of the Mass
were as follows:
Assistant Priest, Rev. Fr. Athanasius,
0. S. F., Vicar-General to Bishop Hen
essey of Wichita; Deacons of Honor,
Rev. Fr. Fornelli, 0. S. B., of Mc
Alister, and Rev. Fr. Willibrord, 0. S.
B., of Edmund; Deacon of Mass, Rev.
Fr. Felix, 0. S. B., of Guthrie; Sub
Deacon, Rev. Fr. Hilary, 0. S. B., of
Oklahoma City; Masters of Ceremonies,
Rev. Fr. Germanus, 0. S. B., the
"little giant" of El Reno, and Br. Joa
chim, 0. S. B.; Censer-Bearer, Br.
Eliseus; Crosier-Bearer, Br. Stanislaus;
Mitre -Bearer, Br. Benedict; Trail
Bearer, Br. Lawrence; Book-Bearer,
Br. Timothy; Candle-Bearer, Br. Ed
ward; Gremiale-Bearer, Br. Albert, a
full-blooded Indian; Acolytes, Brs. Ra
phael anoV Patrick.
Music was not wanting. Rev. Fr.
Adalbert presided at the organ, and
Rev. Fr. Vincent, the beloved Pastor
of Purcell, was'chorist. It called back
to his mind his younger days, when he
used to sing in the cathedral choir of
the city of the great Bossuet, in the
sunny land of France. His melodious
voice resounded through the whole
church. Br. Gregory, on the clarionet,
and Miss Bowles, a pupil of St. Mary's,
on tho piano, played some of their
finest pieces, which were much appre
ciated by the audience.
After the gospel was sung, the Bishop,
delivered a grand sermon on the dedi
cation. He spoke of that first grand
temple, erected to the honor of God as
a type of the Church of the now law.
He also spoke of tho Church as tho
House of God and the Gate of Heaven.
He brought his discourse to an end
with a well deserved tribute to the un
tiring zeal and labors of the good Fa
thers in behalf of the poor Indians.
On the Bishop's return to the monas
tery, ho was invited to the refectory,
where a bounteous repast was prepared
for him and the assembled guests. At
the end of dinner Rev. Fr. Thomas
proposed a toast to the health of our
good Bishop, to which the Bishop re
plied in his usual pleasing way. Other
toasts followed: I may mention Hon.
Stephen Negauquet and Hon. J. Moose,
both full-blood Indians, and highly
Pontifical Vespers took place at half
past three, followed by the solemn
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Our good and worth' Bishop left
Monday morning to go back tu his be
loved residence of Guthrie. His Lord
ship enjoys his visits to Sacred Heart,
and is quite at home among tho good
Fathers, who are his co-laborers in the
meritorious work of the christianiza
tion and enlightenment of the Terri
tory. Ho never comes without spend-
ing a few days with them, and it is
only the urgent duties of Vicariate that
take him away so soon from this bo
Before ending this letter, 1 will add
a few details about the new church, in
order to let the reader know what a
gigantic work it was, and what it cost
to build such an edifice, when all the
material had to be hauled by wagon
forty miles over bad roads. The church
is the largest and finest of the twin
territories, and is GO by 114 feet. The
cross on the steeple is 96 feet high from
the floor. The steeple is a very elogant
one. But the outside is nothing com
pared to the interior beauty of the
building. It might be said of it as of