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Bicentenary - Resources

On 2nd January 1817, Marcellin Champagnat welcomed two young men into a house which he had rented in the town of La Valla where he was assistant pastor. Their names were Jean-Baptiste Audras and Jean-Marie Granjon. They became the first Marist Brothers, and the date became known as the Foundation Day. Later that year, these two Brothers began to teach the young people of La Valla, thus beginning the first Marist school. On January 2nd, we pause to recall and celebrate these early beginnings and pray that the continued commitment of all Marists to this mission will be blessed into the future.

The attached Bicentenary Prayer, prepared by the Bicentenary Committee, is available for all who would like to use it for the January 2nd Celebrations. A highlight of this prayer is the release of a new musical setting of the Salve Regina composed by Br Michael Herry and sung by an international group of Marist Brothers from all 5 continents. Parts of the prayer could easily be incorporated into a Eucharistic Liturgy.

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