Sending his greetings to all the Oblates, Eugene assures them of how much he appreciates being accompanied by their prayers on his journey.
I feel ever more each day the good effect of their prayers which, joined to the indignation which a whole lot of priests arouse in me by saying Mass in a manner that sickens the heart, will succeed in giving me a little fervour. Adieu.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 3 November 1825, EO VI n. 204
He was always insistent on liturgy that had to be celebrated in a manner worthy of its importance, and was always “sickened at heart” when this was not done and God was being dishonored. He expresses this sentiment again on his journey:
The following day, Sunday, we stopped at Tende, at the foot of the famous pass of this name, of which the summit was already quite covered with snow. I said holy Mass at the parish. In all my life, I have never seen anything filthier than the amice, alb and the altar linen; it was beyond all expression.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 8 November 1825, EO VI n.205
“Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.” Abraham Joshua Heschel