On the stole received by the priests who went to the beatification of the 19 martyrs from Algeria (and the 200,000 Algerian peacemakers!) it is noted: Allah mahabah = “God Love” May these words bring our year 2019 to light: there is so much to do to ensure each other’s happiness!
(taken from the New Year’s greetings of a priest friend on Facebook)
Here is the text of the official prayer for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of our Lavigerie family. You can download PDF text and text in Microsoft Word format below.
God, our Father,
on leaving this world,
your son Jesus entrusted to his disciples
the mission of proclaiming his message to all nations.
A hundred and fifty years ago, inspired by your Holy Spirit,
and led by a deep love for Africa,
Cardinal Lavigerie founded our two missionary institutes
for which we give you thanks.
Under the protection of Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Africa,
we have served you in love and joy.
Forgive us our errors in the mission.
Let your blessing protect all the peoples of Africa
who proclaim your glory to the whole world.
Renew us by the power of your Spirit,
so that we may continue with zeal and passion
the work that our Founder
and our missionary ancestors have initiated.
Extract frome the common letter of the two superior general of the Lavigeie Family.
We have entered the third year of preparation for our 150th anniversary of foundation. We know that many plans have sprung up here and there, some very simple, some very ambitious, all with the desire to mark this great event for our Missionary Institutes. However, these plans should not take us away from the in-depth spiritual preparation we need so that the anniversary may have a lasting effect on us individually and as a group. Continue reading “Looking to the future with hope : a common recollection”