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saw the dry bones come together and i'.ve
was there such an awakening as that of
the church in English-speaking countries.
When the century. was beginning Daniel
O'Connell was cherishing the dream of
restoring liberty to his fellow Irishmen.
The first quarter of the century, saw his
struggle. He is the hero of religious lib
erty in English-speaking lands. He is
the one leader who took.it as his test
and made it his life work. He succeeded,
and the tremendous growth of the
Church in Ireland and Great Britain, in
Canada and Australia .is the result of
Daniel O'ConneU'a agitation.
good. Let us not write them In the sand.
Write them deeper. Engrave them on
our souls. Do not put off until to-mor
row what you should do to-day, and wnat
you do, do well."
The Paullst -Fathers at St. Mary's
Church made a special feature of their
usual vesper service last night. At th»
close of the benediction the German
choral "Te Deum" was sung by the choir,
composed of sopranos. Miss Paula, Miss
Higgins and Miss Johnson; contraltos.
Miss Josie Murphy and Miss Nettie John
son; tenors, W. Moore and Dr. J. F.
Smith; basso, W. G. O'Brien: organist.
M 133 Giorgianl. The sermon was preached
by the Rev. Father Wyman. He said in
part: •
"This is a special year in the Catholic
church. The holy Father in Rome has
ordered that the opening of the new cen
tury shall be recognized by a midnight
niass or the day is to be marked with
some special form of praise. The ser
vices to-night will be followed by the
singing of the '-'Te Deum" as a sign of
our thankfulness "to God for his kindly
guardianship over us in the past. God
has given great blessings to the Christian
people in the past and the great blessings
that we may hope God will send will be
ours if we are only faithful.
ood works, as we know, in hidden yet
most effective ways, for the benefit of hla
people. The benefits of God are known
and most deeply appreciated by those who
think serously and most desire those
things which are of lasting value. The
superficial mind does not always see what
is most real and substantial and as a rule
has little appreciation of what it receives.
On the other hand, those who are guid
ed by divine wisdom find in the act 3 of
providence infinitely more blessings than
it is possible to suppose God would give
to such weak creatures as we are."
Services in St. Ignatius Crrireh last
night were solemn and beautiful. Th>
sacred edifice was brilllantlv ll S hteri anrl
was crowded with worshipers who offered
up thanks for blessings received during
the past year, and prayed for a con
tinuance of them during the next
twelve months. Rev. Father Prelato.
S. J., recited the Rosary and Litany
and then vespers, the responses being
made by Rev. Angelo Cptelll. S. J. The
choir augmented for the occasion by the
ladies' sodality choir rendered sweet
music durins the services. Rev. Father
Frieden, S. J., delivered the sermon. It
was an eloQuent.jelTort and. touched the
auditors In part he said:
"We have assembler! before God's altar
to-night to thank the Almighty for ths
good things that have come to us in the
course of the year which is now drawing
to its close.' Yes, the year is well nigh
passed— out a few hours to remain. It is
for the last time in the year '90 that the
preacher speaks to you from this pulpit;
the last time you adore our Lord in the
Blessed Sacrament and receive his bene
diction. And what has become of 'the
year? The days which it wa<» made of
are no more — they have passed to eter
nity. And with the passing time, we our
selves have passed; and at the close of
the year we are one year nearer to eter
nltv - vi-v^ ?
"God grant to the members of this reli
gious community and to all those who
have recourse to our ministrations a sea
son of virtue and holiness; a time of such
happiness as can be had here below. May
we 'share in that sweet contentment of
soul, in that precious peace, which in
deed the world cannot give, but which is
the heavenly heritage of men of good will.
May the divine blessing descend upon your
household and may it ever dweii there.
May the great God bless those
whose descending years remind them
that eternity i 3 not far off; and
may he blesa the young, lest the health
and strength of body that God has be
stowed prove the. ruin of their virtue;
may the Almighty guide and bless the
rich, that they may prize the wealth of a
holy life and cling to the treasures of
heavenly merit: and may the same sweet
Lord graciously bless and console the
needy, that their poverty may help them
to lay up to themselves treasures in fieav
en. May he, who is so truly the Father
of all, bless you and yours when you
are in health, and may he blesa you
more abundantly when sickness
visits your houses: may the blessings of
God be upon you in the day of joy and
prosperity, and may it not depart from
you when in the unsearchable ways cf
Providence th«> hand of the Lord has
touched you.
"That these blessings may come to you
my dear brethren, we pray. And so we
wish you. from the bottom of our hearts,
a happy and holy new year— ln the namn
of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Ghost. Amen."
At the conclusion of the singing of the
Te Deum there was solemn heneriirMnn
'•At St. Francis Church. Vallejo street an<i
Montgomery avenue, the New Year was
observed at the evening vesper service
Father McMahon preached the sermon
He said: "My dear people assembled here
together at ,the cull of the Holy Father
We all rejoice for the blessings we have
received in the past and we should also
ask for a renewal of the blessings In the
future. The new year should remind us
that we are only here for a short time
It is certain that we all must die. and we
shall then be judged for our good and bad
deeds. It is appointed that we must die
The patriarchs lived for over a hundred
years, but even they were mortal. So
will all the. future generations die. The
church bell tolls for our friends, but who
can tell how soon will thd same bell toll
for us. God has mapped out our lives and
the time f hen he has decided to call na
The man who laughs and says 'Eat drink
and be merry' may be the first one called
We may ask ourselves, shall IRo wh ill r
am walking on the street? Shall I recpfv*
the sacraments? * receive.
"We cannot answer these question*
But it will help us in our life, if as we say
our evening prayers we study ourselv%
and rind out if we are prepared On th*
eve of the nineteenth century let' unmake
new resolutions to lead better lives xvt
may not know which of us may soon ri*»
who is now sittlmr In this churchThS
young as well as the old are just' as li
able to get the death summons."
At the close of the sermon and th* bene
diction, a solemn Te Deum was sung by
the choir. The choir was composed of-
Sopranos, Miss Ina Collins. Miss Dowllnsr'
Miss Paullissen and Miss Madden: altos'
Miss M. Foley and Miss L. V . Lautin :
tenor. .W. A. Schmidt, and basso, li
Riley. ; ~*
VOLUME liXXXVn — 3S T O. 32.
"To fcirn and to his methods we owe the
great campaigns in favor of religious
liberty carried on by Montalembert in
France and Windthorst in' Germany.
The result of these campaigns was to
•prove to the** world that the ancient
church had, like the eagle, renewed 'her
youth. Her children were as devoted as
ever, her influence as potent, her doc
trine as Inspiring. Compare the con
dition of the church In Europe in the
year ISOO with her condition now, on the
threshold cf the year 1900. Then she .lay,
like the temple, desolate. The" Gentiles
trod her ruined courts "and. the [sacrifice
one knows how much further the weary
pilgrimage may go or when the soul may
pass to the master. Our joy should not
permit us to lose sight of our spiritual
welfare or to forget to look back and from
the lessons and mistakes of the past pre
pare ourselves for the future. Time ob
literates- many things. The deeds of our
greatest heroes are forgotten, and there
Are • but few true hearts that beat re
sponsive to their names. Their memory
has perished with the day. To us all that
remains of the. past is our accountability
for sin and our reward for our sacrifices.
"This is the time for resolutions for
.' -.."As- we. are about- to, pass • over the
threshold of another year and Into, a new
century it behooves us to: look back and
see: what use, we haveinade of the time
that .has.- gone, . and . from what we find
form , strong, resolutions for our better
ment during the year/to come. Another
year, has passed and another is now be
fore; us. " ; Whether it : will be for us or
against us, for weal or for woe. Is for you
to determine...- Another year is coming on,
during, which*,; maybe,- there are some
among us who are doomed to destruction.
Time^ls l ithe, gift of God.. Every minute,
every; hour, every day, every year comes
in Maryland . and Pennsylvania, a few
French missionaries with the Indians In
the West, the ruined pueblos of the
southwest and the chain * of: missions
along the Calif ornian coast. In a hundred
years we have not only, kept pace Lwith
the growth of population, but we ' have
outstripped It. We have 'met prejudice
arid persecution, but they fought against
us : in vain. In the ; beginning we were
despised and .hated, then we were feared
and ; . hated; 'now. men wonder at us, but
hate: us none: the. less. The Catholic has
his position In, American life too secure
.to-be. ever- seriously menaced, and.' the
The 1 hope of that ; consummation , tinges
our prayers and our thanksgivings.- The
shepherd stands upon' the mountains and
numbers his sheep. , . May ~ he 'grant , that
before the new century ends his prophecy
shall be. fulfilled and there shall' bo one
fold and one shepherd." .
V The /closing > of > the . century * was . com
memorated iby_ the most, solemn arid .im?
-S the Catholic churches of this
fJT ( city last night services of a
most interesting and remarka
ble character were celebrated.
Never before in the lives of
.. the thousands that thronged
• the sanctuaries was the theme
-ILi that cf l;st night, and never
again will any of those tnat
bowed the r heads in prayer do
co again f r the same purpose.
In obe4!ence to the Tope's decree Catho
lics soajrht their chirches to unite .in
praise and thanksgiv ng fcr the century
cf 'ife and progress 0 at was closing with
the r.lght. and to knctl In hope and plead
ing for the good that may come with the
century that would d. wn before the day.
At 7 o'clock the s.icred edifices were
crowded to the door;. The sanctuaries
were adorned as only for the great fes
tivals of the ecclesiastical year. The
splendid altars Mazec with a wealth of
lights and glistening ornament* that re
turned and reflected their dazzling beauty
c thousand fold. Borers of ferns and
palms and choicest flovers made a strik
ing forepround to the pirgeou? altars. Tne
rcene, beautiful in itself, won new sig
nificance from thn purpose for which it
¦was created. Here and there superbly
robed priests moved t" and fro In the va
rious phases of the sol^ mn service that in
its dignity and Impress veness was chant
ed as the last tribute of Catholic Chris
tians to the dying century.
Psalm? and soncs of praise floated from
organs and choirs In answer to the
chants of the vespor^ service. Then
&11 the vast congregations, assembled
In mai y churches, were on their
knees to receive the solemn benedic
tion which closed a . passing century
and welcomed a coming era. Splendid In
their ritualism, enhanced by the attending
n&gr.lflrence of lipht ar.d color and sound,
the e«r\ices charmed the senses and held
the imagination. And the words spoken
from th» pulpits were those of the tri
umphs and trials, the good and evil, of
the hundred years that had been counted
Into history..
In many of the sanctuaries the imposing
cererccr.ies of the night ended by the
singing of the Te Deum by the congrega
tions. The time and the occasion, the vast
throngs that flocked to so many places
cf worship, the splendor of decoration and
gorpreousness of ceremonial made the
went one that will be Jong remembered in
San Francisco.
By authority of the Pope's decree the
Catholics of this city could have partici
pated in the tacrilice of a midnight mass
In their churches. Suoh a spectacle is
unknown to the generation and it was
feared*^ that the churcl _s would be over
taxed And that some accident might hap
pen. VT^ar General Prendergast decided
therefore' tkat 10 mass would be cele
brated In"! any of the large local sanctu
aries. In chapels, however, there
was no restriction, and In them at the
hour cf mlrtrJght. at the very meeting of
in* o«*t;;rie».'fcvnSre£s -f <lttle conrnvni
tles met 'at convent shrines to offer tnelr
praiw» slt6 worship.
In connection with these remarkable
ceremonies the controversy regarding the
close of tfce century has received a local
Interest. R«v. Father Peter C. Yorke.
•whose optnirn naturally is entitled to
great consideration, says that the cen
tury unquestionably closed last, nisht at
rrJdright and will :icf continue until mid
night of December Zl of this year, as
most of his disputants insist. The rev
erend gentleman argues that the Chris
tian era began with the birth of Christ
and not when the Savior was 1 year of
age; that In our calculations we must
begin with tte year naught and not with
the year on*. If this calculation be ob
served we will not count our years until
we have passed them and when we
register tha year 10W we have recorded
the passage of nineteen centuries.
In no other Catholic church In the city
'perhaps were the services In honor of th«
closing century more imposing than they
¦were at St. Peter's Church. The sacred
*aiflc« was splendidly adorned as if for
the greatest festival of the ecclesiastical
year. Myriads of lights glistened and
flashed upon the altars. Palms and rare
plknte shed their fragrance &e4 gave new
; beauty to the sanctuary- The service was
as imposing and as dignified as a splendid
ritual could endow it. Solemn vespers,
the benediction and the -Te Deum were
chanted in honor of the century that was
dying. =•. 'is
The pas=u>r. Rev. Father Peter C. Torke,
was eloquent In his sermon. of the night.
His theme was the century that was dying.
In part he spoke as follows :
••At the behest of the Holy Father, my
brethren, we celebrate this the last day of
the old year with solemn prayer and
t!iankspivir.£. Not only -do we close the
year, but we close the century. Therefore
there is a special reason why we should
look bark on the past hundred years and
glorify God, who has done such great
things fcr his church and people.
"A hundred" years aco the moral world
looked &h the physic*!' world may have
looked after the great deluge. The foun
dations of the rreat deep had been broken
up and th<- French revolution had swept
away the ancient landmarks in church
and state. Never had things looked so
black. Infidelity^ brutal and brutalizing,
•was rampant In the countries that had
remained faithful during rtse reformation.
In Protestant lands Catholics were the
eurvivcrs of three centuries of persecu
tion — co*ve<J., timid, without irioney. with
out volet-, without influence— the pebbles,
¦ sNewm'ar. says— thfd< tritus of the great
deluge. In America the Latin countries
wre tainted with the same disease as the
5101 norlands. In the United States we
•v-ere but a handful, deprived in most of
the Stairs of our rights as citizens or
but. n^wly enfranchised. Never had the
Papacy «unk s,o low. If it were possible
for the church to fail the beginning of
the century saw her failure.
"The darkest hour was bffore the dawn.
When the ctorra was at its height God
was ewcetly disposing all things
'for his own good purposes. • The
early years of the century saw
'¦'.he restoration . of morality and
religion to Frange. Napoleon recognized
that there could" be r.o state unless God
was recognized and he brought back the
church, not for love of the church, but
because he thought he could use her.
\Yh<n he tried to bend her to his ambi
tion he found himself face to face with a
, power he could not conquer. The Pope
' went Into prison" rather than betray the
trust committed to him by Christ. Na
poleon fell as fall all those who make war
on God, but the Papacy remained. His
dynasty has gbne forever, but the church
! is Kill there.
"Not elnce the time when the prophet
seemed to be ended -forever. To-day her
walls are lifted up in beauty. . She re
sounds with the voice of gladness.' Her
children throng round the. altar and the
sacrifice is offered up from the rising- of
the sun to the going down' of theisame,
for the Lord hath promised the ; gates of
hell shall not* prevail.
"If the resurrection of the church In the
old world has been wondrous, not' less
wondrous has been Its planting* and- its
growth here ) In this new republic. A
hundred years . ago we were .nothing in
the domaip covered by the United States
some £0,000 of - Irish and English descent
wisest of .those. who are. outside recognize
that we alone have' a religion big enough
for- a big country.: • . . ¦•:-
I "Therefore we have reason to rejoice
and be glad, not for selfish or personal
reasons, but because we. believe that God
has established his church for the bene
fit of mankind, and that it. Is to the ad
vantage of. all men to, belong to that
church. 'I would to God," said the
apostle, 'that , botii in a little and., in
much, not only thou but also all that
hear me . this ¦ day should become
such as I also am, except these bands.'
That is our prayer for our fellow citizens.
pressive services at St. Mary's Cathedral,
Van Ness avenue and O'Farrell street,
last night. There were vespers and the
benediction, with the special feature of
the "Te Deum." Rev. Father Prendergast
preached a sermon appropriate ¦to the oc
casion.^ fcr'r^ . .
Nearly every pew In the big cathedral
was occupied. The music was superb, es
pecially the solos. Father Prendergast
dwelt in his sermon upon the perishability
of time, and. sought to impress upon the
congregation the Importance and the duty
cf -taking advantage of. the precious gflt
of God. He said in part: •/,;•¦
from him -who controls 'all things. God Is
the source of life and the whole creation.
Time— so perishable and yet so precious
is the gift of our Lord and Father. The
good that it is to us can be measured by
its duration, the spiritual benefit we take
from it and the moral exultation we re
ceive. It partakes of the Immensity of
"Why do men rejoice and exchange con
gratulations on New Year's day? Is It be
cause another year has rolled by and that
their allotted portion • of - time has been
shortened to that extent?- Do those who
cheer and congratulate stop to think? No
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