Father Frederic Mouchel had come to the Oblate novitiate as a priest, when the time for his oblation came, Eugene had hoped that this act of oblation would be done at Christmas or the Epiphany. In this way he would be making himself, and his professions of the vows, one with Jesus who became poor and obedient.
He would have had the consolation of making his offering to Jesus our Saviour at the foot of the crib, on the beautiful night of his entry into the world. However I do not want to place too big a distance between him and the mystery that he would have so honoured by his oblation. Jesus is always poor and obedient even in his manifestation to the gentiles who came to adore him at Bethlehem; not having been able to be present with the shepherds, he will be able to range himself behind the Magi and offer with them gold, incense and myrrh.
To Jean Baptiste Mille, 19 December 1831, EO VIII n 412
Fr Mouchel did indeed join the “procession” of self-giving and was to become a generous missionary – see https://www.omiworld.org/lemma/mouchel-frederic-pompee/