Kings of the earth and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth.
Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord; for His name alone is excellent;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
He also exalteth the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints;
even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him. Praise ye
of the Catholic Diocese
the Opening of the Exposition
O God of our Fathers, in Whose power are the destinies of men, in Whose hands are the ends of the world, look down with loving-kindness on Thy children here gathered in Thy Name. From the uttermost bounds of the earth have we come to commemorate one of man’s greatest achievements adown the ages. Make us, Thy children, realize that Thou art the source of light and of inspiration; make us realize that great things are wrought through Thee alone.
To the city of St. Francis, enthroned in beauty by the western sea, give the grace of kindly hospitality, the blessing of an ever-widening vision of true greatness, a faith and a hope that know not failure. To our glorious California give abundance of harvest, a bounteous plenty of Thy treasures and a valiant race of men blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy law. To our favored land, which is from sea to sea, vouchsafe strength and unity and that peace which the world cannot give. Make us feel that the mighty City of God rises sublime through the centuries only when built on the foundations of justice and of truth; and, finally, to all the nations here represented, grant a vision of the highest things of life — of the things that make for true progress, for real brotherhood, for lasting union, for unfailing love, for mighty achievement in time, and for that glory which is everlasting.
Architects — Mr. George Kelham of San Francisco.
Sculptors — Mr. Karl Bitter of New York and his able manager, Mr. A.
Stirling Calder of New York.
Painters — Mr. Jules Guerin of New York.
Illuminators — Mr. W. D’Arcy Ryan of San Francisco and Mr. Guy Bailey of
Landscape Gardening — Mr. John McLaren of San Francisco and his son,
Inscriptions — Selected by Mr. Porter Garnett of Berkeley, Cal.
Material for Buildings was originated by Mr. Paul E. Deneville of New