Our ceremonies are instituted and established in order to excite devotion and reverence to the sacred mysteries in the performance of which they are used, and signify and explain their meaning and effect.

This was accomplished in a very edifying manner on last Sunday at the old Mission of St. Francis Xavier, on Cowlitz Prairie, where about three hundred persons reverently assisted at the solemn High Mass and the imposing procession in honor of the Blessed Sacrament.

Immediately in front and rear of the canopy, several young girls dressed in white, emblematic of their original purity, strewed flowers along the ground around the Blessed Sacrament from the altar of the church to the Repository in a beautiful natural arbor, about one eighth of mile distant, the path leading through a fine level field covered with a luxuriant growth of verdure and embossed on either side with a row of evergreens.

— Report from Cowlitz Prairie, Washington Territory, June 8, 1872