Wednesday, July 20, 2011





1949: “Father Joseph V. Urbain receives from parish children the bread and wine for consecration in the Mass on the Feast of Christ the King at Rural Life day ceremonies in Queen of Peace mission, Millville. Also brought in the offertory procession are fruits of the harvest to be blessed by the priest.”

The Catholic Telegraph-Register
 of November 11, 1949, reported:

“The strong link between farm and Church was stressed at Rural Life Sunday ceremonies in Queen of Peace mission, Millville, on the Feast of Christ the King. The annual celebration began with High Mass sung by Father Joseph V. Urbain, assisted by a choir from the Grailville school of apostolate at Loveland.

“Children of the parish took part in an Offertory procession, during which they carried to Father Urbain not only the bread and wine to be consecrated in the Mass but also fruits of the harvest to be blessed by the priest. To symbolize the relationship between agriculture and religion, the host was carried on a cushion surrounded by sheaves of wheat, and the wine by clusters of grapes.

“Decorating the entrance to the sanctuary was an arch surmounted by seven candles representing the sacraments and decorated with olives, balsam, grapes, and wheat. Garlands of wheat sheaves, autumn leaves, and bright flowers also adorned the Shrine of St. Isidore, patron of farmers, in the mission chapel. A relic of the saint was surrounded by lighted candles.

“In his sermon, Father Urbain emphasized the dignity of farm labor and the vocation of the farmer as a co-operator with the Creator. ‘For the most part, stalwart Catholicism has been the product of the double labor of the man of the soil and the rural missionary,’ he said. ‘Their common task has brought religion and agriculture closer together and has caused the farm laborer to associate himself perpetually with the ministry of the Church. Thus the association of the farmer and the priest is most intimately expressed by the Catholic agriculturist who harvests his wheat and puts it into the hands of the priest to become the Body of Christ in the Holy Sacrifice.’ ”
---Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph Archives

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A PRAYER FOR THE COUNTRY FAMILY

WE BELIEVE that:

Farming is a noble Christian occupation. The farm home is a most suitable place to rear a Christian family. The good earth is the greatest material gift of God to man.

WE KNOW that:
In this vocation we country people work closely with God in producingthe essential elements of life.

By making ourselves aware of the special graces and opportunities of thisway of life, and by cooperating with them, we and our families can mostreadily give glory to God and grow in holiness and happiness.

The earth returns greatest honor to God when through our care and labor,it brings forth an abundance for our family's needs and those of society, forthis generation and for those to come.

WE PROCLAIM that:

We will strive always to appreciate and hold fast to the spiritual values ofour vocation and to prevent the materialism of this age from blinding us tothem.

We will model our homes on that of Nazareth; by working, learning,playing, and especially praying together we will strengthen our faith inGod and our mutual love and unity; we will fulfill our obligation to be goodneighbors, faithful parishioners, loyal and active citizens.

We will regard our land as God's land; as stewards of His bounty we will conserve and improve it so that it will increasingly continue to give gloryto Him.

WE PRAY that:

Through God's grace we may have wisdom and strength to grow constantly in the virtues necessary for holy rural living: Faith, Hope firmly founded in knowledge of God's wisdom and providence, Love, Patience with the slow deliberate cycle of seasonsand years, Fortitude, Temperance, Compassion, Mercy, Zeal. Amen.

WE GIVE THANKS O GOD, source and giver of all things, who manifests Your infinite majesty, power and goodnessin the earth about us,we give You honor and glory.

For the sun and rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields,for the increase of our herds and flocks,we thank You.

For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace,we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Christ Your Son,as atonement for our sins, for the growth of Your Church, for peace and charity in our homes, for salvation to all. Amen.

PRAYER IN HONOR OF SAINT ISIDORE

O GOD, who taught Adam the simple art of tilling the soil,and who through Jesus Christ, the true vine, revealed yourself the husbandman of our souls, deign, we pray, through the merits of blessed Isidore, to instill into our hearts a horror of sin and a love of prayer, so that, working the soil in the sweat of our brow, we may enjoy eternal happiness in heaven, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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