In the mountains of ND du Laus the Missionaries took particular care to celebrate the Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations as well as possible.
Services are carried out at the shrine of Notre Dame du Laus with ail possible dignity. This is so true that you would look long and far in our mountains to find places where God is served with as much respect and propriety. The people are struck by it, and, which says quite a bit, priests who come cannot stop agreeing that, if they performed their services with such respect in their parishes, their people could not resist: there would be more piety.
Such are the affirmations that people made to me on the feast of the Visitation; it is true that on that day we outdid ourselves,
Letter from Henri Tempier to Eugene de Mazenod, 5 July 1819,
Oblate Writings II.2, n. 15
It was a reflection on how demanding Eugene was on himself and on others that liturgical prayer was to be celebrated in an attractive way. In one of his Pastoral Letters as Bishop of Marseille he wrote, for example:
Those in attendance … during Mass are not mere listeners, but engaged in everything, they intervene constantly to express loudly their total solidarity with what is going on at the altar and the participation of those in attendance is not limited to the clergy alone, but is the privilege of every individual member of the faithful present in this holy place
Mandement à l’occasion du saint temps du carême, le 8 février 1846
“We cannot build up the idea of the apostolate of the laity without the foundation of the liturgy.” Dorothy Day