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154 THE INDIAN SENTINE-L
benefactors , their request is aannsswwereerde.-d.
.. when he sees that all human help iiss-vain.
' everyone has received ssoommeetthhiningg- .
. c vain.. But he also has moments of ccoonn- -
Everyone is happy.. I emphasize tthhee-fact
, when he ffeels God''s mmeerrccyy-and
that I am not the giver of ssuucchh- and
beholds the reward of his llaabboorrss-.
, but that they owe all these tthhiinnggss-to
Such a time is Christmas night , wwhheenn-the
our dear friends who have sent uuss- the
little bronzed children with ffoollddeedd-hands
. approach the Communion ttaabblele-Another
task awaits me now, tthhee- to
receive our Divine Lord under tthhee-appearance
of our mission chapel , Tom , aappppeeaarraannccee of bbrreeaadd-.
who the day before had conssttrructted-da
the Sacrifice is ended.. AArroouunndd-the
crib 'a ' aa
stable from pieces of boards , aaggaainin-volunteers
the.. crib they cluster.. In awed but lloovv--
volunteers to help mmee.. .WWee now bbrriinngg-forth
- whispers they point out Jesus , aanndd-
forth those lovely crib figures wwhhicichh- the
and Joseph , the ox and the aassss-at
kind Miss Margaret Grimming ooff- New
the manger , and the lamb in the shep-herd's
Neeww York sent us.. Soon the crib iiss-erected.
herd's' arms.. .
Very tired , but full ooff-peace
erected.. It is nearly 11 o'clock ''
peace , I go home to rest , knowing tthhaatt-here
The bell here , in the church ttoowweerr-peals
on the far--away prairies , the ggllaadd-tidings
through the holy night.. FFrroomm- tidings
of the Redeemer have rreeaacchheedd-the
sides'the the ' the pious people flock , ssiinnccee-they
neediest hearts.. Joyful that tthhee-love
desire to prepare their hearts bbyy- love
of the Redeemer is preached ttoo-these
Sacrament of Penance for tthhee- worthy
people , and mindful that ggeenneerr--
reception of the Christ CChhiilldd-.
.. benefactors have made possible mmyy-coming
At midnight the bell again rings oouutt-. .coming
. coming . and remaining here , and eessppee--
solemn high Mass is said aammidid-a
my having tHe magic mmiissssiioonn-boxes
pprroffuussiioonn of lights from altar aanndd- crib.
to make Christmas merry aammoonngg-the
When , after the consecration , the poor Sioux , I breathe a prayer aanndd-retire.
Himself is present and the cchhooiri-r retire.
the joyous Christmas hymn, ( REV.. ) CHARLES PRANTAUER }, SS..CC.J..J-.
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""Come, let us adore Him , " and oolldd-and
young reverently approach tthhee-holy
ROOM FOR TTHHEEMM-From
table to bid Him welcome iinnttoo- From
Holy Childhood School wwee-have
then , my dear friends , yyoouu-may
had to turn away about tthhiirrttyy-children.
be assured these redskins aarree- children.
children.. We now have 198 with nnoo-room
God''s blessings upon yyoouu-. .There
for even one more.. It is so hhaarrdd-There
are many trying hours in tthhee- to
refuse.. We are beset on all ssiiddeess-by
, of a missionary.. There are mmoo- -
by requests to take in more cchhiillddrreenn-.
when his soul turns toward GGoodd-with
We could build an addition if we hhaadd-the
fear , when he pours forth burn- the
prayers for assistance from above, ( REV.. ) JOSEPH D.. ERKENS , OO.F.F.M.M.G-.
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GATHERING YULE LOGS ON THE YUKON RIVER FOR ST.. MARY''S MISSION-Eskimo
children with Ursuline Sister in the background