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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)
(1990)

Annual report for 1613: for the provincial of the Society of Jesus,   pp. [unnumbered]-19


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"Only today do we remember,           -
Seeing God in human form,
To celebrate in festivals
He who became His brother.
Born not in Bethlehem                             II
Where there are a thousand joys
And the angels sing
Gloria in Excelsis
But on Monte Moria,
Amid a thousand sighs,
Where the Virgin bears him,
With tender moans.":
I have dealt with the reason for this festival of divine action, wh r
title seems so suitable for the Divine Eagle, since it is associate
with no-one (in particular), not even a martyr or some such.     It leads
up to the festivals after the Lord's birth.
Let us speak now of the popular festivals.    The holy temple
was full of the splendour of glory, and in the dark of the night
was brighter with this than with the various large candles and other
lights which burn in it.   In the porch of the church was our scareczjP
this being a fair description of (one of) those whom we here call
Knapsack-carriers, dwellers in torrid Ethiopia and the mountains of,
the Serra, people of the fraternity of gluttony and carnality. The4i
entered in Moorish fashion an individual devotee of the holy Apostle
carrying bow, quiver and shepherd's bag, (who came) with the title
(office of) ambassador from the Great Jalofe to King Farma.     He
immediately said that, having smelled in his principal house the
fragrance of the Evangelist and having had ear of the celebrations
taking place in his temple, he had come to see (with his eyes).
Further, if the Evangelist   would accept gifts, he brought him an


 


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