The funeral of Cardinal Stritch brought a pageant of sadness to the city of Chicago today.
The funeral of Cardinal Stritch brought a pageant of sadness to the city of Chicago today. Holy Name Cathedral was filled with hierarchy, clergy and civic officials for the solemn pontifical requiem mass.
More than 2,000 were in the cathedral. Thousands more stood in the Near North Side streets around it. The sepulchral cathedral resounded with the music and order of the service. This was relayed to the throngs outside by loudspeakers.
In the nave, atop a black catafalque lay the bronze coffin containing the body of the dead cardinal and archbishop. The casket, opened to the view of more than 300,000 mourners since Friday, was closed just before the mass.
About the altar were Catholic Teachers from all over the globe. They included three cardinals and nearly 1,500 archbishops, bishops, mitred abbots, monsignori and priests. Civic officials were led by James P. Mitchell, Secretary of Labour who attended as President Eisenhower's personal representative. Charles Carpentier, Illinois Secretary of State, represented Governor Stratton. Present also were Mayor Daley and nearly all the alderman and members of the County Board.
The ceremonies began with a spectacular procession of clergy. From the cathedral rectory on Wabash, they walked in solemn strides to the front door of the cathedral. Thousands watched from nearby streets, sidewalks, windows and rooftops. Priests in cassocks and surplices led the way, followed by monsignori, bishops and archbishops. At the end were the cardinals in red and Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, 75, apostolic delegate to the United States, who was celebrant of the mass. He wore black in contrast to the red robes of the cardinals. Inside the cathedral they joined the civic officials. All knelt as the choral music swelled. The mass, one reserved for the burial of a cardinal or royalty, began.
The sermon was preached by Bishop William E. Cousins of Peoria who traced the career of Cardinal Stritch from his ordination at 22 to his death in Rome. More than 50 members of the cardinal's family were present. Among them was a brother, Eugene Stritch from Nashville.
After the mass, there was to be a brief pause for lunch, after which the bronze coffin was to be borne to Mt. Carmel cemetery for entombment in the bishop's vault there. The vault already contains the arm of Cardinal Stritch amputated in Rome.