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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, January 01, 1893, Image 7

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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
the King's daughter, "till its glory is
within." Tho inside is plastered, and
is adorned with several artistically ar
ranged arches. The sanctuary is espe
cially beautiful, and the choir is a truly
monastic one, supplied with forty-two
stalls. An oil-painting of St. Benedict
with his two most beloved disciples,
St. Maurus and St. Placidus, is to hang
over ono side of the choir, and one of
Our Lady, Queen of Monks, over the
other. The altar railing is very ele
gant, and shows the genius of the
architect.
"What is now wanting to the new
structure, and which will be the next
care of the good Superior, is a bell and
an altar. Tho present altar is only
temporary. As soon as circumstances
and means will permit, Rev. Fr. Su
perior will have a new one, more suit
able for the size and the beauty of the
building it must adorn. As for a bell,
he has the tower, but the boll is yet
wanting, and the monastery bell will
have to supply the deficiency, till he
has means wherewith to get another.
Any donations, however small, which
kind and charitable persons may bo
moved to give, will be kindly received,
and gratefully acknowledged.
Columbus Day at Sacred Heart.
The fourth centenary of the dis
covery of America was fittingly ob
served at Sacred Heart. "We had the
good fortune to have our beloved Bishop
with us, and this alone was sufliciont
to enhance the solemnity.
His Lordship had been on an apos
tolic journey through his vast Vicariate,
and after enduring many hardships, by
high waters and long and tedious roads,
he arrived at the Mission for tho great
national celebration. Although the
woather was anything but favorable,
the church was crowded, many coming
from a great distance; 'rain had been
pouring down all morning, but not
withstanding the wind and rain, flags
wore hoisted on the main buildings.
Tho services began at half past nine
with a solemn High Mass "coram Epin
copo." The celebrant being a country
man of Columbus, tho venerable Father
Fornelli, 0. S. B., a genuine Genoese.
Few, I dare say, had this privilege in
America. He was assisted by the Rev.
Pastor of Oklahoma City, an Alsatian,
and by the Rev. D. Willibrod, of Ed
mund, Oklahoma Territory, a Dutch
man. The Master of Ceremonies was
an Irishman. Assistants at the Bish
op's throne claim France and America
for their respective country. Two Ger
man boys served as Acolytes, and the
Censer-Bearer was an Indian. Our
beloved Bishop hails from Belgium; so
that Italy and France, Holland and
Germany, Ireland, and the Land of the
Free, Belgium and the Aborigines were
represented 'in this grand ceremony.
After this let narrow-minded people
talk and say that our Church is not
universal, let them discourse and in
sinuate that Columbus was a dreamer,
and above all, let every fair-minded
person judge, .whether it be not true
that a good Catholic is a good citizen
also, be he of foreign birth or not!
After the gospel the Bishop gave an
interesting lecture on Columbus.
"Christopher," he said, "means
'Christ-bearer,' and this name, he bore
it worthily. 'Columbus' means 'dove;'
what a beautiful name for so great a
man! He was indeed a heavenly mes
songer to open new fields for the propa
gation of our holy Faith. To him we
may well address these lines:
God sent thee from the crowded ark,
Christ-bearer, like the dove,
To find o'er sundering waters dark
New fields for conquering love."
Finally, his Lordship exhorted his
hearers to thank God for His benefits;
not to be ashamed of their Faith, but
to profess it openly. Two-thirds of the
land of this glorious Republic has been

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