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Burial Of A Trappist

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Rev. Father Medard of the Trappist order at Oka died on Wndnesday last, and was buried yesterday, says a Montana dlspatch. Father Medard's faniily name was Placide Martin, and he was a native of the parish of St. Alexis, County of Montcalm. He studied in the Joliette college, and after his classical course entered the novitiate of the Oblates at Lachine. Having left that institution, he entered the Trappist monastery in 1891 and pronounced his vows in March, 1893. The burial of a Trappist ia a peculiar and solemn eeremony. Immediately after a monk is dead the body, dressed in the monastlc robe, is stretched on a simple board, the head covered with the cowl, and then taken to the monastery chapel. There the body remains until the day of interment, four yellow wax candles burning all the time, and all the monks in turn recltlng the prayers of the liturgy, night and day. On the day of burial the prayers for the dead and a requiem maas are chanted, after which all the monks form in procession to follow their brother to his last resting place. During the funeral procession psalms are chanted in the mournful tone peculiar to the Trappist order. When the cemeterv is reached more prayers are cited, and then the body is lowered into the grave, not in a coffin, but simply dressed in the monastlc robe worn during life. A monk then goea down into the grave to cover hls dead brother's face with the cowl, after which the offlciating priest slowly throws a shovelful of earth over the body. Two other monks do the same, and then the grave is fllled up in the ordinary way. After the burial the procession returns to the chapel in the same order. The Trappist cemetery is always placed in the interior yard of the monastery so that the dead may always be in view of the living, and as soon as one monk is buried another grave next to the one just fllled ia partially dug i.p, that each may see the place whert te may pissibly be before long.


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