Let us never forget that the Missionary Oblates were founded primarily to preach missions to those who were considered the most abandoned by the ministry of the local church. We were founded to be on the move, searching for ways to evangelize those who were the furthest from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We have seen how the missionaries responded to the culture and popular piety of the people of Provence. [ see: “Parish missions: ceremonies to reinforce the preached message and to appeal to the senses” in http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=489 and the entries which follow until http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=543 in which these ceremonies are explained] People responded warmly to symbolic gestures, processions and religious objects. Here, 21 years after our foundation, Eugene reminds the missionaries of the basic practices always to be followed, while thanking God for the rich spiritual harvests of the work of his religious family members.
Our practice is to impart Benediction every morning and evening after the service, to solemnly expose the Blessed Sacrament during the ceremony of the renewing the baptismal vows, and in the morning of the day fixed for the blessing of the children, during the recitation of the breviary before the procession of the Blessed Sacrament.
Several processions take place during the mission
1. The day of the Missionaries arrival.
2. The day of atonement.
3. The day fixed for the consecration of the girls to the Blessed Virgin.
4. The day set aside to commemorate the dead, at the cemetery.
5. The day solemnizing the Blessed Sacrament, with the Blessed Sacrament.
6. The day of the planting of the cross.
The letters I receive from our various missions – we are preaching five at the same time in different dioceses – are most consoling. Marvels are taking place everywhere.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 20 January 1837. EO IX n 602
If you are interested in learning more about the missions, I recommend Chapter III of “Living in the Spirit’s Fire” https://www.omiworld.org/wp-content/uploads/Living-in-the-Spirits-Fire.pdf