During Eugene’s illness, Napoleon had been forced to abdicate and King Louis XVIII came to the throne. This event signalled the end of the persecution of the Church started during the French Revolution, and the end of the dangers they had faced from the police as a youth congregation
In the interval between the last session and this one, many things had happened. The face of France was changed, and the holy religion of our fathers regaining all its rights under the peaceful rule of our legitimate Sovereign, the Congregation had no longer to fear suppression, nor the congregants and their Director persecution.
May we be able to thank the Lord for this mark of favour with a renewal of zeal and application in the fulfilment of our duties. The first benefit that we owe to this happy and unexpected regeneration is to be able to do our religious exercises without obstruction and in the open, and extend them and give them greater publicity.
Diary of the Aix Christian Youth Congregation ,
15 May 1814, O.W. XVI