The central mission of each Oblate community was the preaching of missions in the Provençal language. Since 1816, the format of these missions had been unchanged.
Eugene reminds the Oblates of the highlights of each mission. Every ceremony was meant to have a dramatic attention-grabbing quality through which a Gospel message could be proclaimed, understood and become a moment of encounter with God. These tangible signs and actions show the continuity between the approach and preaching of Jesus continued by his disciples over the centuries.
What is prescribed in the Rule as for example:
- the entry of missionaries into a place they are going to evangelize…
- consecration to the Blessed Virgin,
- renewal of baptismal promises,
- tpromulgation of the commadments,
- procession of the Blessed Sacrament,
- funeral service and the instruction after the Gospel of the Requiem High Mass
- procession and absolution at the cemetery,
- the penitential procession,
- the act of contrition…
- the general Communion
are obligatory in all the missions.
Letter to Bruno Guigues, 5 November 1877, EO IX n 652
For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God… as it is written,“Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand.” (Romans 15: 18-21)