The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 20, 1955 · Page 3
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BLTTHETILLI (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS PAGE THREB No Gaily Tinseled Trees: Christ Is Only Figure In Monks' Christmas By FRANK WETZEL HUNTSVILLE, Utah (AP) - A tinseled tree, gaily wrapped gifts, a family feast, jokes and laughter and, maybe, a word or two about Jesus. That is Christmas for most Americans. But not for 70 men living in a rugged, mile-high Utah valley They pray and.thmk, hear and sing of Jesus and of His coming to earth. That is their Christmas, and nothing more. Ragged Dog Finds Ragged Master -Result: A Merry Christmas Tliese men, who rarely me their, ranch. A dormitory and a church, voices except to praise Qod. are I the principal buildings, are converted quonset huts. The observance of Christmas starts Dec. 24 at 5:30 a.m., when the festival of the nativity of Jesus Christ IB solemnly announced in the church. Then one of the monks delivers the Christmas sermon. The High Mass of the Vigil is sung by the Abbot, which marks It as a special occasion. The cloisters are decorated with greens. A crib and a representation of the Cave of Bethlehem, peopled with figurines, are erected in the church, all along simple. „. a bell begins to toll and the sound of heavy shoes sifts into the chapel. The Trappists file in, heads shaved ex- places in their stalls. modest lines. In the afternoon Trapplst monks. There are roughly 100 like them celebrating Christmas this year in 11 monasteries scattered across the nation. Although called Trappists, their real name is Cistercians of the Strict Observance, or Reformed Cistercians. It is an order of the Roman Catholic Church. The monks at the Abbey of our Lady of the Holy Triniyt have renounced the world to become con- templattves. Their profession is prayer. Their function is not to teach, nor to win converts, but simply to love God. No Conversation With a few exceptions, such as the monk detailed to greet visitors, they do not speak in conversation _.__.,.__._ . . They exchange information by ce p{ for the monastic crown, ir signs. They do not eat meat, fishli ong white robes. They genuflect or eggs. A typical meal consists ]„ f ron t of the altar and take their of soup and cooked vegetables. Christmas Day the food will be something special—soup, two vege- tnbles, homemade bread, cocoa, fruit and a few sweets. On Utah Highway 39. leading east from Ogden, a tiny roadside sign reading simply "Monastery" shows visitors the way to the abbey. There is a silo, a barn— each with a humble cross—amid the rolling fields of the 1,600-acre Judge Pays 25 Cent Fine ATLANTA (/P)—It cost a judge 25 cents to fine a man for contempt of court. This is how it happened during a domestic relations case in Fulton superior court Friday: Mrs. Louise Kuher Looney claimed her estranged husband, Joseph T. Ixxmey Jr., violated a restraining order when he went to a drugstore where she worked, used abusive language and threatened her cousin. Looney told Judge K. I. Andrews he believed the cowin wa* Inttni- mental in breaking up Wf n»r- riag«.. Judge Jtadrews said he felt there hid been » technical violation of the retraining order "but » WM awfirt 'slight." He held Looney in contempt and fined him 26 cents. Looney said he had no money with him. •T» pay his Sne," the judge »id, and IK did. the Feast of the Nativity, one of the many magnificent Gregorian chants more than 1,000 years ofd Later, when'the music is finished on the day before Christmas, the monks retire at 5 p.m., only to rise again at 9 p.m. They sing other Gregorian chants for two hours, then, at midnight; sing th Pontifical Mass. They return to their straw pal lets until 5:30 a.m. Christmas Day when they again sing their chants and say Mass. Around 8 a.m., they get some cocoa, a piece of bread and—something differentr-a piece of lioine-made butter. Sometime during the day they get the opportunity to write letters home, one of four occasions during SOUTH NORFOLK, Va. 1*1 — He. was Just a grimy little mixed-breed I mutt — no license, no collar. . He sat shivering in the doorway of a busy Poindexter Street store Friday. His head turned as If on a swivel as he tried to attract attention from each passerby, begging to be carried into the warm store. A small boy, whose clothes were nearly as shaggy as the dog's coat, had been standing in front of the gaily decorated display window. He shivered, too. As a Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reporter watched, the boy caught sight of the little dog and ran to him, lifting him into his arms. "You'll be my Christmas," the boy exclaimed as if he had found the answer to a doubtful question. He buried his face In the dog's sparse fur. Tiie little dog responded with a flick of liis tongue on the boy's check. Both stopped shivering and wandered off together. Unemployment In South Up ATLANTA Wl — The South's unemployment rate has increased 1.2 per cent but still is second lowest in the nation. •Hn; U. S. Department of Commerce said that 96.2 per cent of the South's labor force held jobs during the period from April to September of this year. The north-central section of the country reported the most favorable rate with 96.9 per cent of its labor force at work. the year when may do so. The rest of "he day is spent praying, thinking, singing their chants, until finally, at 1 p.m., they return to their hard beds ad their Christ- G. 0. POETZ OIL CO, \\ FUEL OIL Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Visit Conny's Conoco Service, Ash & Division Being Santa Has Drawbacks ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (ff) — K seems there are quite a few cynics among the youngsters who call on Santa Claue. One department store Santa said that many of his young visitors give his beard a vigorous tug. So far the beard has held fast. He added a few who apparently didn't like the toys he left them last year had kicked him. One youngster gave an order: "Just back up to the house and unload." Then begins the first vespers of Read Courier News Classified Ads Paint Closeout | Price Hubbard Hardware EXPERT WATER PUMP REPAIR Hubbard Hardware Phone 2-2015 BYRUM IMPLEMENT CO. 118 E. Main Ph. 3-4404 [ » JOHNMN * 0»IM '* MOMU FROM 1 IO M NT • MM! A conrnm lint of MMIM Johnson SEA HORSl S ,,,., OF Pt NO." SAVE STEPS STOP MISSING CALLS with ADDITIONAL TELEPHONES An additional telephone DOUBLES the convenience of your telephone service. Here is an inexpensive service the whole family can appreciate. With additional telephones at home, it's easier to hear those rings. You miss fewer calls. You save time and steps in answering the telephone. You enjoy greater security at night. And the whole family can talk and listen in on Long Distance calls. Actually there are dozens of ways your family will find extension telephone service useful. Yet the cost of having a second telephone is just a trifle more than the cost of one. AN EXTENSION TELEPHONE IN YOUR HOME COSTS ONLY $1.00 A MONTH nUS TAX AND A ONt-TlME $2.00 INSTAUADOH CHAftGt SOLVE YOUR TELEPHONE "TRAFFIC PROBLEM" IN TYPICAL HOME, telephone ii Iqcoled at far side of the house. That's fine if you're near that side of the house when the telephone rings, or near it when you want to make a coll. But note the traffic pattern from other parts of the house—it oddj up to many extra steps every day. OPEN NIGHTS TILL 9 FINE GIFTSL fOR ^ CHRISTMAS GIVING AT THE '/., —. Bridal Duct SJ§50 17 jewels SI 7* I I Musical Box * A9$l j $1 Week «4« $1 Week 57 pieces $90,95 I SI Week Gravy Boat $1 Week 4T 17 Jewels If ?1. Week Koiison . _ _ m »~ Lighter $12 50 SI Week sr' - >* ^-"* ."""' i , <1 J ,^ ^ . \ $1 Week •Plus Fed. Tax Only If Indicated $1 Week Call fb» t«l«phen« kvtinin office POplar 3-4531 HMI'S THI MM! HOMI wMi addition of exttn- lion t«l«phon«. Compare tt» tilophon* traffic pattern now. Notico'ttiot ttiii family h never mori Ifion a few iteps from a telephone. In foci, extension telephonei in the right location* tave thousands of steps every month. OPEN NITES TILL 9 P.M. Mans Ring $1 Week USE YOUR CREDIT! Take up to a YEAR TO PAY!

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