Bicentenary Mass, celebrated in Aix-en-Provence

During his homily at the Bicentenary Mass, celebrated at Saint-Sauveur, Cathedral of Aix, on January 24, 2016, addressing the Missionary Oblates, Bishop Christophe DUFOUR told them that, “a poor Church for the poor, is the road-map for New Evangelization”.

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At this celebration there were about 30 priests, many religious sisters and brothers, and a big number of the faithful, among them were those who came from very far, they all gathered around the Bishop and the Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to celebrate this event.

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The flute and the drum, specific features of Provençal music, accompanied some moments of this celebration of Thanksgiving for the 200 years of Oblate life. During the prayers of the faithful, one prayer was said in Provençal, the language of the local people at the time of Saint Eugene. During communion a poem, inspired by St. Eugene’s sermon during Lent of 1813 in the Church of the Madeleine in Aix-en-Provence, was beautifully sung. The celebration ended with a play, on the call of the first Missionaries of Provence. The play was prepared by the Frat Oser, a group of university students who live in the Oblates’ house in Aix.

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The Bicentenary celebrations begun three years ago by a program of spiritual renewal lived by the Oblates. This program was a call to return to the Oblate charism whose roots lie in the Foundation, by Saint Eugene de Mazenod, of the Missionaries of Provence.

Krzysztof ZIELENDA, OMI