THE BAPTISM OF EUGENE DE MAZENOD

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” (William Barclay)

Eugene celebrated this day every year, and gave it more importance than his birthday. His relationship with God was the most important element of his long life.

I invite you on this day to pray this short litany in gratitude for Saint Eugene whose charism brought about the Mazenodian Family throughout the world.

Lord have mercy, R./

Christ have mercy, R./

Lord have mercy, R./

Saint Eugene de Mazenod, pray for us.

Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, pray for us..

Creator of apostolic community, pray for us.

Champion of the poor, pray for us.

Witness to Christ’s love on the cross, pray for us.

Preacher of parish missions, pray for us.

Minister to youth, pray for us.

Teacher of the unlearned, pray for us.

Shepherd of prisoners, pray for us.

Innovator in ministry, pray for us.

Restorer of shrines, pray for us.

Missionary of the Blessed Mother, pray for us.

Preacher of the Good News, pray for us.

Evangelizer of many nations, pray for us.

Man of deep faith, pray for us.

Pilgrim seeking perfection, pray for us.

Person of burning zeal,           pray for us.

Advocate of justice, pray for us.

Missionary of Global Vision, pray for us.

Discerner of the needs of his day, pray for us.

Priest of great daring, pray for us.

Bishop of Marseille, pray for us.

Undaunted leader of the Church, pray for us.

Lover and defender of the Church, pray for us.

Formator of diocesan clergy, pray for us.

Seeker of Church renewal, pray for us.

Let us pray:

Lord, through the intercession of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, make us missionaries, especially to the poor and abandoned. Give us the same love Saint Eugene had, so we may see the poor and abandoned through the eyes of Jesus our Saviour. Help us accompany them to the resurrection. We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen.

With thanks to the Australian DeMazenod Family: https://sites.google.com/view/demazenodfamily/litany-prayer-and-reflections/litany-of-st-eugene-de-mazenod

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1 Response to THE BAPTISM OF EUGENE DE MAZENOD

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I seldom considered my own baptism until I met Eugene. For Eugene it was the beginning of his whole life with God, like the cornerstone…

    I read down through Eugene’s litany and then very slowly, with deliberation read them from the bottom up, pausing, giving thanks and recognizing how Eugene has touched me…

    Teacher of the unlearned, pray for us…

    Witness to Christ’s love on the cross, pray for us… I pause here and decide I want to carry this with me for the day. I think of how the Oblate Family are living examples of these Mazenodian characteristics, living Mazenodian values…

    I will commit myself to daily pondering and reflecting on each of these characteristics, followed by the short prayer of: “ Lord, through the intercession of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, make us missionaries, especially to the poor and abandoned. Give us the same love Saint Eugene had, so we may see the poor and abandoned through the eyes of Jesus our Saviour. Help us accompany them to the resurrection. We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen.”

    The morning sky is laden with heavy clouds, but there are breaks where the clouds are lighter and which along with the sky around them have shades of greys and pinks – the very air around them looking as if it is all a song in praise of life.

    This too is how God, through Eugene leads us…

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