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.PAGE EIGHT THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 17, 1943 Christmas Mass Held Everywhere This Year For Soldiers By Pvt. Tom Newton Formerly Little Rock Now In Italy Somewhere in Italy.--Here is a wish for a very Merry Christmas to all, coming from the soldiers who will not be there personally to extend their holiday greetings. This year, more American boys than ever before are celebrating Christmas in far-off lands. Virtually none of us expect to spend this greatest of east days any where other than right at home. However, we don't want you to spend one moment of your Christmas day in worrying about us. Though we be many miles away, we will be- gin the day just as you, for we also have the opportunity of at- tending Mass. Regardless of where we are, each regiment throughout the world will have its chaplain there to celebrate Mass on Christmas morning. Here in Italy, we will be at Mass at the same time you are attending Midnight Mass in Ark- ansas, for due to the differences of time, the first rays of light will then be creeping over the top of Italy's mountains. Some of the many varieties of Italy's trees will form the walls for our Chapel, and the birds of the air will be our choir. There will be plenty of heavy hearts on Christmas day, and many a soldier will have a lump in his throat---but that only proves that America is worth returning to. It has been said that the soldiers in the last war did not know what they were fighting for. Whether that be true or not, the boys that are fighting this one know that our forefathers handed down to us certain rights and privileges, and that it is our duty to protect them: In other words, we want to continue to celebrate Christmas in the future just as we have been accustomed to do in the past. Of course there will be some that will never have the oppor- tunity to spend another Christmas in America. Every soldier prob- ably feels that same way about it--that it will be someone else that will not return. Even if some of us do not get back after the war--if that flag with the 48 stars and 13 stripes is still flying--if it is still waving over the heads of the ones we love-- then any sacrifice we make won't be in vain. J,l,l,,J[, ................  ...................... ,,IIIIIIIlIIIIH ....... h,, ......................... ,Ihlkll  ...................................... XMAS GREETINGS "VCe Invite You to Visit Our Store" PEOPLES FURNITURE CO. Phone 4..1547 623 Center Street LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS li Ill STERLING I1 I I q llfmm .......... W ARKANSAS FOUNDRY IRON AND STEEL Little Rock, Arkansas A CHRISTMAS NIGHT ON GUADALCANAL Rosary devotions under this.tent chapel, at 6 p. m., Christmas night, 1942, preceded carol singing on Guadalcanal. The altar and Nativity scene were constructed by men of the Americal Division, kneel- ing here with their 9haplain, Father Lawrence Brock, S.J., of Charlestown, Mass., who formerly taught at Holy Cross College. U. S. Signal Corps photo. (N.C.W.C.) "Posadas" Part Of Mexican Christmas Christmas celebration in Mexi- co is both beautiful and unique. Here we find the "Posadas" which begin nine days before December 24 and commemorates the nine day journey of the Blessed Moth- er and St. Joseph to Bethlehem. One writer, describing a Christ- mas Eve in a Mexican household, wrote: I "That night, as usual, the fes- tivities began with the procession asking for "posada." The Chil- dren came first, two of them bearing a small litter, decorated with pine twigs, on which were doll images of Joseph and Mary riding a mule. Everyone carried candles and the voice of young and old joined tenderly in singing the "Litany of the Virgin." After they had finished the Litany, they knocked at the door of the apart- ment assigned to give "posada" for that night. In song, represent- BURTON Furniture Co., "Makers of Happy Homes' PHONE 2-2613 613 MAIN STREET LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Nazi Major Cancels Christmas Party In Great Hurry One Christmas party which didn't come off as planned was that of Major Waechter, German Tenth Army area commander, who was bombed out of his quarters at Villa Palmiere in Caserta, Italy. The Major, who had to leave his quarters evidently in a great hurry, left behind him a whole library of propaganda material and a big box filled vith Christ- mas decorations brought in from Germany. The "loot" was carefully con- cealed in an underground shelter, nicely equipped with electric lights and a telephone. ing Joseph, they begged for lodg- ing for the weary Mary. Those within singing answered that their house was not an inn and threat- ened them with beatings if they did not go on. But once con- vinced as to the identity of the pilgrims, they opened the door midst boisterous rejoicing. "On Christmas Eve, during the last "Poseda" the Holy Infant is sung to sleep with a song called "El Rorro," (Babe in Arms),--the only cradle song which many In- dians know and which they sing in their own language. On Candlemas, February 2nd, the In- fant is taken up, dressed and the "Nacimiento" (or crib) put away until the next year. "Christmas Eve all the churches of the city celebrate a midnight Mass. Afterwards it is customary to have a big dinner, of special dishes." (Frances Toor, in Mexican Folk- ways.) Merry Christmas Touching Midnight Service In Town Of Bethlehem One of the most touching parts of the midnight services on Christ- mas in Bethlehem is the solemn procession with the Bambino from the parish church of St. Catherine, adjoining the Nativity Basilica, to the Holy Grotto beneath that age- old structure. Although Catholics have long been deprived of their right to celebrate Mass in the ancient Basilica, they still retain the privilege to cross its transept in passing to and from the Sacred Grotto which it ensllrines. Even in the Grotto of Our Lord's Na- tivity, Catholics are not allowed to offer Mass at the Nativity Altar--above which, as a re- minder of the days when these were exclusively Catholic shrines, is an ancient mosaic with a Latin inscription, while beneath is the famed silver star bearing another Latin inscription: "Here of the Virgin Mary Jesus Christ was born." Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year OWENS & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 500 Main Street NORTH LITTLE ROCK Holy Land Tours Prove Poeular Among Soldier00 Itoly Land scenic tour. conduct- ed by United States Army chap- lains for military personnel, on furlough or convalescing from ill- ness or wounds, became so popular : and encouraged so much religious i interest that Jerusalem stores sold completely out of Bibles, accord- ing to the Win" Department. Over 3,000 officers, nurses, and enlisted men have taken the tours in a little over a year. So popular are the trips that requests have to be weeks in advance. Expenses are on a pro rata basis, each person paying his share. The average tour takes Unique Crib In Good Shepherd Church, Jericho Unique among Christmas Crib is that in the little parish churcli " of the Good Shepherd in Jericb,  Occuoying most of the Gosi:ii$ side of the tiny sanctuary is :e miniature Palestine sheep-folP decorated--not with the greens to which American dren are accustomed, for are no evergreens in by palms and exotic flowers the Orient. To pray at this shrine comes veiled Moslem men--ignored in their own ligion--to offer their prayers three days althougt some are for l Sittl Marlam (Lady Mary) only one day. otters a week. I her little Son, Issa, (Jesus). The largest tours are during I Holy Week and Christmas. High]mane, and the Church of All spots include the Ctmrch of the' tions. The longest tour is Nativity in Bethlehem, the Way l Jerusalem to the See of the Cross (Christ's itinerary I Buses or taxi cabs are from point of condemnation to ltered and Amer;can and Br Calvary), the Tomb of Our Lady, lchaplains furnish guides. David s Tower, the Temple of]quarters at various stops are ru umar, botomon's Temple, the var-I by the British and are very gooa, ious gates and original streets of[ Although food is rationed, it Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethse-lwell prepared. !j SEASON'S GREETINGS tii SAUL EJSENBERE? S FURS 2 Main Street Little Rock, Arkansas o I00hrlsl'mos VAN WHITE PONTIAC, Inc. ROCK, ARKANSAS me? - '93 'Tis Christmas l Our thoughts revert from the com- plicated to the simple, from the cares of maturity to the carefree thoughts of childhood, from the ma- terial to the spiritual. 'Tis Christmas l .... time to count our many friends and recall the happy relationships we have had wftk them during the year.., time to express our grati- tude and to wish all our friends the choicest blessings the Yule season can bestow. HEGARTY DRUG COMPANY Fc,urth and Main Streets PHONE 9111 Little Rock Furniture Manufacturln00 Co. Happy New Year [ Whole leM'cur00 Ill BED ROOM, LIVING' ROOM, DINING ROOM, DINETTE, BREAKFAST ROOM SUITES, OCCASIONAL CHAIRS, Christmas Greetings ROCKERS, TABLES, MATTRESSES, ODD DRESSERS, ODD BEDS, CHESTS, CHIFFOROBES, NOVELTY FURNITURE I Jean's Market III I Jobbers of ' Grocerms Ill WOOL RUGS, FELT BASE RUGS Little Rock, Arkansas John F. Hum, Prop. 218 East 'Washington Ave. North IAVde Rock, Ark. May we suggest that you make your holiday trip as early as possible to avoid the rush on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Ill 00o'or l Mam and Markham Pho. 2-2178 :i!