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The following article is reprinted 'by permission of the Washington Post and Times-Herald. It was written the last year Cardinal Cicognani, who in 1961 was appointed Vatican Secretary of State, had visited the Archdiocese of Seattle in Septem- 'ber 1950 to participate in ceremonies marking the centenary of ,the Archdiocese. He pontificated at the Mass of Thanksgiving in St. James Cthedral, Sept. 14, 1950 Easter Greetings Dexter Whittle & C0. Complefe Insurance Service M U.-2'3760 Whffe-Henry-Stewart Bldg. SEATTLE I Easter Greetings L. g. MASSAIIT PLUMBING & HEATING CO. Owen-Hendry Drug Prescription Specialists 01pen Evenings Skyway District PA 2.3278 12661 Renton ,So. Seattle "Serving Greater Seattle" SU. 3.6850 4501 h N.W. SEATTLE I MEL'S BOULEVARD AUTO PARTS an d Accessories Machine Work OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK CH. 2-6630 12447 Des Moines Way So. SeaHle O 0 p , , Friday, April 16, 1965 THE PROGRESS--Page II My Most Unforgettable Easter By His Eminence Amlet,o Cardinal Cicognani My most unforgettable Easter takes me back years, the music from the long silver trumpets, coming from to 1933, to the Eternal City. These were my last days of residence in Rome, the city I had always loved, where I had lived for almost 30 years. I had just been appointed Apostolic Delegate to the United States and was to spend every Easter after 1933 in Washington. I remember the Mass of Holy Thursday that year, celebrated in the Sisrine Chapel with Piux XI assisting I at the throne. I remember especially the Pauline Chapel, gorgeously decorated for the occasion with great banks of white flowers. The Pope himself carried the Sacred Host in procession accompanied by the:. cardinals, archbishops and bishops and members of the '{:' Diplomatic Corps. On Good Friday, Cardinal Pacelli, then the Vatican Secretary of State and Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Peter, celebrated the liturgy known as the "Mass of the Presanctified." How touching and moving a sight it was, the venerable Pontiff approaching slowly and" and reverently to the altar to kiss the Crucifix, with the cardinals following after him. CROWD GATHERS Easter Sunday arrived. The announcement a week before that the Holy Father would come to the Basilica of St. Peter to celebrate solemn pontifical Mass had created great excitement in Rome. By Tuesday of Holy Week the supply of tickets for admission to the Basilica had been exhausted. By the early hours of Easter moi'ning, about 70,000 people filled every available space in St. Peter's. Additional thousands spilled over into the giganticsquare fronting on the Basilica. Inside St. Peter's, the ceremo- nies began about 9:30 a.m. With the PaPal Procession. There was a great silence of expectation. Suddenly, the Holy Father appeared, wearing the pontifical vest- ments. The silence Was shattered by the exultant voices of the Sistine Choir as it began to sing "Tu Es Petrus" ("Thou Art Peter"). The Mass began. A reverent hush descended upon the congre: ation and Easter Greetings AUSTIN'S NURSING HOME ,Registered Nurses Convalescent and Permanent Guests Washington State License No. 248 LA. 34296 9005 ROOSEVELT WAY N:'E. SEATTLE NewBurrows Co., Inc. 2-3301 83 Columbia Seattle I We Wish You A Happy Eamtef NICK 00AFFO GARBAGE CO. "Sorvlng the H[gh]ine Area for 30 Years" CH, ,2-7755 15424 Des Molnes Way .So. Seattle a balcony high in the Basilica, had a resonant clarity. The congregation made their, way out to the Square of St. Peter's, joining the great throng already gathered there. The great square was packed tightly with people from every nation. The "Romani di Roma,' as the native Romans proudly call themselves, were there. Tourists and pilgrims were much in evidence, and among them, many Americans, easily identified by their ever-present cameras. Young men, students for the priesthood from the many ecclesiastical colleges in Rome, were there in great numbers, wearing their cassocks of different colors, accordingto their nationality--the Africans in-.. white, Germans in bright red and Americans in blue " with red sashes. ST. PETER'S BELLS An atmosphere of tense excitement filled the square. Suddenly the deafening peals of the massive bells of St. Peter's rang out. The Holy Father was about to appear. Spontaneous applause broke out and raced through the square. The more bold raised affectionate shouts of "Viva il Papal" And then, the crowd glimpsed the white-robed figure of the Vicar of Christ. There was silence as the faithful knelt reverently to receive from the Pontiff his blessings. From the loggia, high on the facade of St. Peter's the aged Pope raised his arms heavenward. His clear. firm voice was heard below in the ancient and hallowed liturgical words: "May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost descend upon you}and remain forever." %* With one voice, the sea of people responded: "Amen." As they rose, applause began anew in token of their affection and gratitude. The Holy Father withdrew. Mgny times, during his reign Pope Pins XII, repeated ; the"blessing, "Urbi et Orbl," ("To the city of Rome and to the world")', which is indeed an augury of the peace of Easter. Thus did he reaffirm human brother- hood--our brotherhood under "One Fafher Who is in heaven." lUll KALBERER HOTEL SUPPLY Co. of Wash. 914 Virginia St. Seattle, Wash. Jackson China Glau Silver   Hospital and Institutional Equipment T  New- Used ", Design Service MA. 3-6977 Happy Easter Everyone JOHN T. O'BRIEN KING COUNTY COMMISSIONER Sattle In I I I Easer Greetings From Art Hansel State ,Farm Insurance SU. 2-2600 5905- 1Sth N,W. 'Seattle Happy Easter. 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