From Our Own Correspondent
Sunday was observed in the Archdiocese of Dublin as a day of reparation for an appalling act of sacrilege—the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament.
The facts will be conveyed best in the words of the beloved and afflicted Archbishop himself, in the letter which his Grace directed to be read at all Masses: "There has fallen upon me in the last few days," Dr. Byrne wrote, " a sorrow greater than any other sorrow that can fall to the lot of a Bishop. A terrible sacrilege has been committed in this diocese, which has not only brought grief, sudden and overwhelming, to the priests of the diocese and to me, but which will bring to our good Catholic people, now that it has to be made known, a feeling of horror such as they have probably never experienced in the past.
" The Blessed Sacrament contained in two ciboriums was stolen, together with the ciboriums, from one of our parish churches on the evening of Tuesday, October 25. Owing to the praiseworthy exertions of the public authorities the ciboriums, greatly damaged, have been discovered, but of the Blessed Sacrament there is still no trace.
In Atonement " In atonement for this appalling sacrilege I ask you, priests and faithful people of the diocese of Dublin, to meet in all our churches and to offer to Our Divine Lord a solemn act of public reparation. You will pray that the criminal or criminals who have done this terrible deed may be moved to penitence, so that even at this late hour they may restore the Blessed Sacrament to us who are Its appointed custodians.
" You will, therefore, arrange that a Eucharistic Hour of Reparation be held at a suitable time and ask your people to come, so that Our Divine Lord may at least have the comfort of knowing that our Dublin people are His friends, and that His sorrow in this sad hour is their sorrow also.
" May Our Divine Lord enlighten you also. so that no unconsidered word may be spoken at this trying moment. The Eucharistic Hour will be directed to one purpose only, namely, to give full and heartfelt utterance to the love and k. alty of the people of the diocese of Dublin towards Our Divine Lord in the Blessed Sacrament."
* * * * This terrible event has pained the Archbishop all the more keenly. no doubt. as it came in all its sudden horror at a time when the anniversary of his Grace's consecration had brought so many tokens of love and respect from the Catholics of the Irish capital.