Quebec Governor Montmagny Carries the Canopy Over the Blessed Sacrament

October 6, 2022

Charles Jacques Huault de Montmagny, governor of New France.

Religious processions were frequent. In one of them, the Governor [Charles Jacques Huault de Montmagny] in a court dress and a baptized Indian in beaver skins were joint supporters of the canopy which covered the Host. In another, six Indians led the van, arrayed each in a velvet coat of scarlet and gold sent them by the King. Then came other Indian converts, two and two; then the foundress of the Ursuline convent, with Indian children in French gowns; then all the Indian girls and women, dressed after their own way; then the priests; then the Governor; and finally the whole French population, male and female, except the artillery-men at the fort, who saluted with their cannon the cross and banner borne at the head of the procession. When all was over, the Governor and the Jesuits rewarded the Indians with a feast.

Francis Parkman, The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1897, 1:253–54.

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 849


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