Throughout Friday evening the pastoral service for youth led a prayer vigil.
On Saturday, several teams travelled throughout Aix inviting Christians to join us for the Christmas celebrations. At the beginning of the afternoon the Chain of Peace brought Christians together on the Cours Mirabeau and they made their way to the cathedral for the Mass in honour of Mary and then continued in procession to the shrine of Notre Dame de Seds (where Mary Immaculate has been venerated since the 14th century).
Sunday, the Oblate community held their festival, when after the Sunday Masses, the de Mazenod family assembled to share a meal. In the afternoon, Jo Bois retraced the beginnings of the Congregation and invited the Oblate family to reflect on the Triennium. The day came to a close with a period of prayer in the Suzanne area.
In the early evening a concert was held in our chapel for the benefit of the EMIC (Eugene de Mazenod International Centre).
(Benoît DOSQUET, OMI)