When the last hours of the sick young man had arrived, all the members of the Youth Congregation were asked to live them in solidarity. The bells of the parish church would be rung to indicate that someone was dying.
Art 48. As soon as the death knell rings, all the congregants who are able to, will go immediately to the church. Overwhelmed with grief, they will participate in the prayers that the Director himself will lead.
Those caring for the dying youth would be united with those in church.
Art 49. While on the one hand, the congregants will be participating in the prayers for the dying in the church, the infirmarians, on the other hand, will remain with the patient to recite the same prayers.
Statuts XIV, §2 Envers les congréganistes malades
The gesture of being united with absent brothers is one of the characteristics of Eugene’s prayer – in particular during the moments of “oraison”. (See the entries above of August 4 and 5, 2011.)
Can I see another’s woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another’s grief,
And not seek for kind relief?