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Souvenir of Loretto Centenary

 LORETTO CENTENARY.63

beautifully decorated in a style that evinced the correct taste and Catholic feeling of the congregation. But the next day, Thursday, Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, was the “Great Day” on the mountain; a day which is yet remembered by old parishioners as one of immense joy and special benediction. From an early hour multitudes came pouring in from all directions. The spacious church at the Summit was crowded to its utmost capacity, and thousands were compelled to remain outside. The Irish laborers on the Pennsylvania Central and Portage Railroads had turned out in great numbers, and with their green sashes and military bearing elicited the admiration of all. Bishop O'Connor preached an eloquent and forcible sermon on the perpetuity of the Church, and how it depended upon the unity and supremacy of the Holy See of Rome.
    Under the direction of Captain William Ivory, as chief marshal, assisted by P. Clarke, A. Kelly, J. Collins and others as aids, a long and imposing procession moved along the pike westward towards Munster. In no part of the United States was Monsignor Bedini greeted with a more cordial welcome than that which he received in this truly Catholic locality. This immense crowd, of all ages and classes, principally from Loretto and Summit congregations, but largely represented by the Loop (St. Augustine), Chest Springs, Carrolltown and other neighboring towns and adjacent country, and swelled into unusual dimensions by a large force of laborers on the railroad, assembled to welcome to their mountain home the distinguished prelate who came to represent the Vicar of Christ. The procession, marching by way of Munster and what is now Kaylor, was met at the upper end of Loretto by a strong body of horsemen from the Loop.
    At Loretto the reception to the Nunzio was as imposing as it was unmistakably Catholic. A large body of the congregation, with music resounding and banners flying, met him on the hill at the north end of town, while about fifty of the Germans, nearly all of venerable age, with Philip Hertzog in the lead, rendered the “Grosser Gott” in magnificent style. The procession divided near the church to allow the


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