Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chrism Mass 2008

Tonight, Tuesday of Holy Week, the people of the Diocese of Trenton gathered for the annual celebration of the Chrism Mass. It was held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Trenton, and was presided over by Bishop John Smith and all of the gathered priests and deacons from throughout the diocese. The diocesan choir provided great musical leadership, and the mass was complete with "smells and bells."

At this annual Mass the Bishop blesses the three oils: The Sick, The Catechumens and The Chrism. Then he sends them out to the parishes of the diocese as his annual "gift" to our parishes at Easter time. These three oils are used in different times in our liturgical lives in each of our parishes.

At St. Anselm, we display the holy oils in the ambry in the chapel, near the tabernacle. During these days of Holy Week, be sure to stop by the chapel to enjoy the wonderful smell of the new chrism that will be used for all baptisms and confirmations.

As Holy Week progresses, let's continue to pray for each other.

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