What is the Chrism Mass?

What is the Chrism Mass?

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated on the Monday of Holy Week, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. The Chrism Mass offers the faithful an occasion to witness the blessing of the oils and the consecration of the Sacred Chrism to be used throughout the year in celebration of the sacraments. At the liturgy, Bishop Barry Knestout will breathe over the vessels to symbolize the Holy Spirit and the sanctification of the sacraments for which the oils will be used. The priests of the diocese will renew their commitment to priestly service before the bishop and the community representing our diocese.

A delegation of clergy, parishioners and the candidates and Elect of our parish will travel from Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Richmond. The sacred oils will be received from the bishop to be presented to our parish community at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The Oil of the Sick symbolizes healing and is used to support those who are ill. The Holy Chrism symbolizes strength and is used at baptisms, confirmation, ordinations and the blessing of churches. The Oil of Catechumens is used to anoint infants, children and adults preparing for Baptism.

October 25, 2018 by Mount Carmel in Community News