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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 376
When for the first glad time thy trembling hand Holds God Who made all things sublime and grand, When, gazing on the Host, thou'rt face to face With humbled Christ the Author of all grace, When thine heart speaks to His, then of them think Who at His font of mercy fain would drink. And when thou dost imbibe that Sacred Blood -Which rushed from out Christ's side, a precious flood, Mayst thou receive the needed strength and power To labor till thy last and final hour, Till freeing death shall claim thee as his own. Ah! Then! Thy spirit heav'nward flown, Shall stand in rev'rence at the Saviour's throne, Surrounded by the souls whom thou alone Hast saved; who owe their state of bliss to thee, And thou shalt dwell in joy, eternally. Wm. F. O'Kkkkk, A. O. S. 13. During this month when the Christmas crib adorns the churches it may interest our readers to know the origin of the beautiful devotion. St. Francis of Assisi secured permis sion from Pope Honorius III., to erect a stable in the forest near the city of Graecio in Italy, and there to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice, on a rude manger filled with straw. St. Fran cis preached on this occasion, telling the people of Our Sa vior's love for us and how grateful we ought to be to the Lit tle Babe of Bethlehem, who came into the world to atone for our sins. After the death of St. Francis, it became the custom to e rect cribs in the churches representing the little Christ Child resting in the manger with Mary and Joseph on each side, surrounded by the heavenly host that had come to praise the Incarnate God. Sevaral popes have enriched this devotion with indulgences.