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The00 @uardnan On Christmas Eve Investing Subiaco "s A bbot Raphael The Right Rev. Abbot Raphael DeSalvo, O.S.B. of New Snbiaco Abbey received the Abbatial Blessing Dec. 11 from His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald of Little Rock m colorful ceremonies in the Abbey Church. Attending were four Bishops, two Archabbots and 18 Abbots. Above, kneeling before Bishop McDonald, Abbot Raphael receives the Abbot's ring. Receiving Abbot's Mitre llishop McDonald places the Abbot's mitre on the head of Abbot Raphael. The distinctive headdress, worn by car- tlinals, bishops and abbots at certain formal religious functions, traces bach to an ancient Jewish priestly vest- tent. Pope to Open Holy Door To Initiate '75 Holy Year Vatican City (NC) -- The Pope on the high altar. ceremonial opening of the Holy The technical details involved Door at St. Peter's Basilica on in the opening ceremonies are Christmas Eve by Pope Paul VI designed to stress the Church's to inaugurate the worldwide openness to the "Reconciliation- O: l- -DISIIOIJI Is Office Holy Year will be televised and Renewal" theme of this globally under the direction of Holy Year, probably the last of 24"] 5 N. TYLER famed Italian motion picture "the 20th century. The Pope will director Franco Zeffirelli. symbolically tap the massive L ITF LE R0 CK, ARK. marble door facing onto the The actual rite of opening the atrium or front porch of St. Holy Door, one of the five main Peter's. doors of St. Peter's and the only The workmen of St. Peter's "Christmas Greetings" door which remains closed for have already uncemented the the usual 25-year period bet- marble facing from its present Renewal and Reconciliation, the theme of the Holy Year ween Holy Years, has been cut solid foundations The inner 1975, are synonymous with the theme of Christmas. Jesus to half an hour for TV viewing, bronze door, behind the marble brought to us the challenge of renewal and reconciliation. In It will begin precisely at 11:30 P.M. Rome time. (3:30 P.M. facing, will be swung back to this Holy Season, I extend to you and each member of your CST) permit the entry of a liturgical family best wishes and blessings for a Happy Christmas procession. Taking part in the and a Holy New Year. I beg you to join me in 1975 in a The full televised ceremony of procession will be the canons of selfless effort to achieve "Renewal" a true change of heart ; Christmas Eve, beginning with St. Peter's, the cardinals "Reconciliation" a true peace and understanding among the opening of the Holy Door, present in Rome for the event, people and nations. will also include Solemn Mass in the diplomatic corps and the St. Peter's celebrated by the Pope. My Dear Friends in Christ: Cathedral Christmas On December 24, our Holy Father, Pope Paul VI will issue the call to renewal and reconciliation. The sealed door of St. Pontificals Scheduled Peter's will yield to the blow of his mallet. Through the door, Pope Paul will go, in prayer, in repentance and in love. Little Rock - The Solemnity Sister M. Philippi, O.S.B. will On December 25, we honor the moment that God the of the Nativity, the tom- provide the music and will sing Father injected His Son into human history. The sealed memoration of the birth of the carols beginning at 11:30 P.M. doors of heaven yielded to the will of the Father. The Holy God-man, Jesus Christ, in Parishes and missions Spirit poured forth upon Mary. Bethlehem means the Gift of Bethlehem, will be celebrated , throughout Arkansas are Jesus to the world, the authentic sign of the Father's love around the world next Wed- finalizing their Christmas Mass for us. nesday, and His Excellency and confession schedules this Some twenty centuries ago, Jesus called us to be "New Bishop Andrew J. McDonald weekend. (Those available at People," to be "His Holy People." On December 24, our will lead the Diocese of Little mid-week are published on Holy Father echoes that call: Be renewed. In your personal Rock in the observance as he Pages 5 and 6 of this edition of life, seek out a confessor and with his counsel, seek a pontificates at midnight Mass in The Guardian). change of heart, try again to be a Christian, a fervent the Cathedral of St. Andrew Bishop McDonald will preach Catholic. Be reconciled: Look about and see how you can here. the Christmas homily at the heal the broken bonds in your family circle; in your com- The Cathedral rector, Msgr. Cathedral midnight Mass. reunify, in our world. Christmas and the Holy Year are B. Francis McDevitt, V.F., said Later Masses on Christmas synonymous : Renewal and reconciliation. this week that available priests Day at the Cathedral will be at 8 of central Arkansas will con- A.M. and 12:05 and 5:30 P.M. As Pope Paul leads the way for the world, I, as Bishop, celebrate the midnight Liturgy Confessions will be heard Dec. must lead the way for you. Seeking a change of heart, a true with the Bishop. The Cathedral 24 from 4:30 to 5 P.M. and from renewal, I ask forgiveness for the times..I have hurt you, I choir, under the direction of 7:30 to 8 P.M. have not understood you, I have not responded sensitively and generously to your cry for help. Seeking reconciliation, f I pl I promise to work and pray in 1975 for a spirit of unity and Grate u Crip e patient understanding in our Diocese. Getti n 9 New Wheelchair to in this Christmas Season and in this HOlYcome with me to seek the spirit of Jesus inYear' I ask yOuBethlehem; I ask you to hear with me the pleas of the Holy Father as he Little Rock -- Thanks to the He cannot write because, in calls for renewal a/ad reconciliation. Asking God to bless you and your family in this holy generosity of The Guardian's addition to withered legs, hehas Season, I remain, readers, Raymond Ellinger, twisted arms and hands. But Jr., has ordered a new even if he were physically able wheelchair, but he is over- to write, he still could not ex- Sincerely yours in Christ, whelmed by the greatest con- press himself on paper because cern ever shown for him and he he has had only about two years Andrew J. McDonald is troubled because of his of elementary school education Bishop of Little Rock inability to say thank you. and he never learned to spell or The 34-year-old convert, a read. A ccepling the Crosier congenital cripple, is unable to acknowledge personally the Ellinger asked The Guardian ,. Abbot Raphael accepts his pastoral staff from Bishop contributions that have to tell his benefactors that he McDonald. The crosier, an ornamental staff shaped as a provided him with the $625 he has arranged for a priest-friend Give Guardian Subscriptions Shepherd's crook, symbolizes the Abbot's obligation to needed to purchase a specially- to say two Masses for their Shepherd his flock, equipped wheelchair. SEE C.,.PLE ON PAGE 2 At Christmas 0000lans to Canonize Mother $eton Announced A gitt your trlenrJs and relatives will enjoy throughout the yearl Give them a ),ear's subscription to the Little Rock diocesan weekly publication. Upon receipt of the subscription price, The Guardian [tican City (NC) -- Pope Trinitarian who died in 1613; I was not able to answer until wi. mail a Christmas greeting card, announcing the gift and identifying the person ordering it. | VI has given the go-ahead -- Blessed Vicenta Maria the final approval came Le. canonization of six per- Lopez Vicuna, a Spanish nun through. Subscription price in the U.S.A. is $5.00for one year. LY' including Blessed Mother who founded the institute of the "For myself, I am very, very Two or more Gift Subscriptions at $3.50 each. beth Anne Bayley Seton, Daughters of Mary Immaculate happy that the United States Subscriptions mailed to Canada $1.50 additional; to Europe and other overseas addresses $2.50 additional. on Sept. 14 will become the and died in 1890; will now have its first American-born canonized - Blessed Juan Messias, a American-born saint." Apo and FPO addresses are same price as other U.S.A. addresses. Spanish Dominican Brother During the consistory, Pope ($3.50 special price on two or more gifts applies only to subscriptions Je five other canonizations who worked in Lima, Peru, and Paul also announced the dates sent to Catholics outsideof Arkansas and to non-Catholics in and out :aPproved by the Pope and was a friend of St. Martin de which have been set for the six of Arkansas}. |,,'nalsat a formalconsistory Porres. He died in 1645. canonizations. They are: I e Vatican Dec. 12 for the Cardinal Luigi Raimondi, Blessed Juan Battista de la Ptease Send Christmas Gift Subscription itoly Year were of: prefect of the Vatican's Concepcion and Blessed llessed Oliver Plunket, -to, Congregation for saints' causes Vicenta Maria Lopez Vicuna, 1 I archbishop of Armagh, and former apostolic delegate both on May 25; Blessed Address ), Was martyred during the in the United States, com- Elizabeth Seton, Sept. 14; City and State Zip ] :stant revolution in 1681; mented: "I'm sure there will be Blessed John Massias, Sept. 28; ] Blessed Giustino de great joy in the United States at Blessed Oliver Plunker Oct. 12, Name for Gift Card | is, an Italian Vincentian the news of Mother Seton's and Blessed Giusti;,o de I . . | .asa missionary bishop m canonization. My office has Jacobis, Oct. 26. , l}ia and died there in 1860; been flooded with letters, During the consistory, which "| alessed Juan Battista de la requests and various groups all Mother Seton Mail Coupon to: Guard an, Box 7417, Little Rock, Ark. 72207. pcion, a Spanish asking for her canonization, but SEE MOTHER SETON PG. 2