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8 Nov 2021

Anniversary of the first Mass in the Assumption

Celebrated in Paris on 9th November in 1839.

The small community of four young women had settled for a few weeks in Paris, on rue de Vaugirard, in an apartment that Mr. de Lamennais had occupied before the Sisters. A letter from Marie Eugénie to Joséphine de Commarque (Sister Marie-Thérèse) testifies to her deep desire to feel the presence of the Lord.

She writes: "On our return to Paris, if we are lucky enough to find a suitable house, we will be able to get a chapel at home. We have been promised this, and God will not deny our prayers; yet if this happiness were to be further delayed, Our Lord would, I hope, compensate us by at least making Himself master of our hearts and all His desires. "(ME, Letter to Mary Teresa, n°1184, August 27, 1839)

Hope and wisdom.  The Lord wanted to make himself present and Marie Eugénie recounts: "On November 9 the first Mass was held there and from that day on we had the happiness of possessing Our Lady in our midst. (Memories of the foundation, n°1505) The account of the Origins shows how much this day was filled with emotion.

Much later, in 1888, Marie Eugénie, in a chapter dated November 18, recalls this day: "Mother Thérèse- Emmanuel and I had prepared the first tabernacle, the first altar, this first chapel! Poor and miserable chapel, it is true, but it seemed very beautiful to us then, because we had decorated it as best we could and with all our love!" Poverty and love. 

In the same chapter, she speaks of Zacchaeus and his strong desire to see, to know Jesus, his joy in welcoming him into his home... She invites the sisters to experience great joy at the thought that "our Lord deigns to come and live in our homes"! She invites the sisters to experience great joy at the thought that "our Lord deigns to come and live in our houses"! She calls them to reawaken their faith and to always remain grateful for the call received to live in the house of God, to live under the same roof as the Lord. Faith and Joy. To this feeling of the most vivid, ardent love," she says, "must be added respect." This first Eucharist also reminds us that our life can be "a continual Mass" (ME, Instr. March 26, 1876), a happy and living gift for the Lord. Everything in us can adore the one who makes himself present at every moment.

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