Loving and compassionate Father, On the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the missionary life and presence of the Oblates in Sri Lanka, we are gathered as a compassionate and prophetic community in the holy ground from where our beloved Oblate pioneers launched their intrepid missionary endeavours. We are gathered here today in order to praise, thank and glorify you through the Holy Spirit of your Son, our Saviour, for having accompanied us, your loving Oblates. On this memorable occasion, we are much conscious of the special divine energy and motivation with which you, loving Lord, had empowered St. Eugene de Mazenod to respond to the urgent call to serve the poor and to mould a new generation of Christians.
Merciful Father, We recall with much love and affection the innumerable blessings you have poured on us, Oblates, to lead lives worthy of the sacred vocation to which you have called us and initiate with Mazenodian creativity and commitment.
Loving God, We are confident that you will guide us through the Spirit of Jesus, your Beloved Son to proclaim the Good News of Salvation in new ways, in the emerging new situations of the poor in Sri Lanka and in other countries throughout the world.
O! Mary Immaculate, our tender and loving Mother, continue to keep us under your loving and protecting mantle so that we, the Oblates, may continue to remain faithfully responding to the vocation to which we are called. Amen.
Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate.
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