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1 Among the early symbols of Chris tianity, the Good Shepherd carrying a sheep on His shoulders was one of the first. This symbol did not betray the Christians because it was quite simi lar to the pagan figures of HermeB Kriophorus which were much in vogue about the birth of Christianity. This representation recalled eloquently the self-forgetting Master and inspired His faithful followers to be charitable ajhd helpful to one another. The banquet scene, with its bread and fishes, was another symbol much in use in Christian antiquity. It re minded the Christians of the Holy Eucharist and the marriage banquet which is celebrated by the faithful in heaven. It was also calculated to arouse no suspicion from without be cause the Romans of the second and third century did homage to their dead in banquets which were served in funeral chambers decorated with supper scenes. The group of twelve Apostles which symbolized the pillars and foundation stones of the Christian Church was much in use and was perfectly safe owing to the custom of depicting for purpose of ornamentation the twelve Dii Majores, the twelve greater gods. The dove frequently appears as a symbol in ancient ecclesiastic art. (a) The Protestant who becomes a con vert to the Catholic faith soon notices the greater use made of the Holy Scriptures in the Catholic services than is the case in the Protestant Churches, says a writer in the Mis sionary. He is somewhat surprised at this, for he had believed that the Catholics laid aside the Bible, and in its place made use of a composite sort of volume that was partly Christian, partly a selection from religious books, and partly pagan. He is aston ished to find that the whole of the Catholic services is practically taken from the Scriptures. In the Mass he listens to the reading first of an Epis tle from the New Testament, and then to a Gospel containing the words of Christ, from the same Holy Volume. The whole of this service as far as the Offertory comes direct from the Bible, with the exception of the Col lect for the day, which, the readers of the translated collects of the Protestant Prayer Book will know, is for the most part made up of phrases quoted from the Bible, and the Con fession and Absolution, of which the same may be said. The same is also true of the Preface and the "Sanctus" is a Biblical quotation. The Canon of the Mass, with the ex Early Symbols of Christianity Use of Bible in Catholic Service PANTAGES 4 Hennepin at Seventh, Minneapolis All the Leading Acts of high Class Vaudeville AT MODEST PRICES Everybody can afford Pantages every week PRICES 10c, 20c, 30c It was a symbol of the Holy Spirit, of the baptism of Our Lord (b) it was a symbol of martyrdom, indicating the fortitude of those who suffered as coming from the Holy Ghost for it was a symbol of the Church, the in strument through which the Holy Ghost operates the world. In general, therefore, the dove signifies the Holy Ghost, whether He is represented per sonally or in His works. It is used at times to figure the Christian soul, not the mere human soul, but the soul imprisoned in the tabernacle of the flesh, while the dove at liberty is a figure of the soul liberated from thp body by death. The anchor was regarded in ancient times as a symbol of safety. It natur ally was taken up by the Christians as a sign of hope in a future existence. It appears on the ancient monuments in many forms. In Hebrews, chap, vi, 18-19, St. Pa\il speaks of two immut able things in which we may have the strongest comfort, we "who have fled for refuge to hold fast the hope set before us. Which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm." Young's phrase, "Time elaborately thrown away," applies to the man who attempts everything. Among men who have any sound and sterling qualities there is nothing so contagious as pure openness of heart. THE CATHOLIC BULLETIN, JANUARY 27, 1917 ception of a few passages containing proper names, consists of quotations from different parts of tqhe Bible. The Consecration, the "Agnus Dei," the "Domine non sum dignus," and Post Communion are all direct from the Bible. Benediction consists chiefly of hymns and prayers which, of course, are not to be found in the Bible any more than are Protestant hymns and prayers,, though both are, again, composed mainly of Bible phrases, as is also the Litany of Our Lady. Vesper services often contain four or five of the Psalms of David. The Rosary prayers, with the excep tion of thirteen words, are taken en tirely from the Gospels. The ques tion really ought to be reversed: Why do the Protestant services make so much less use of the Bible than the Catholic ones? And the answer is very obvious. The Sacred Book is displayed conspicuously, indeed, in Protestant churches, but in Catholic churches it inspires, even when it does not actually provide every word that is spoken. Unequalled Vaudeville 1 Automatic: 31517 N. W. Nicollet 04 N. W. Phone Cedar 2496 Diamond* our Specialty JESSE FOOT JEWELRY CO. 391 Robert Street, near Sixth Street Steve Hurley} Manager ST. PAUL, MINN. 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