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April 12, 2006

Holy Thursday— The Chrism Mass

[Note. My post for the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper will come later.]

Many Catholics make it a point to attend Holy Thursday's Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at their own parish churches. However, relatively few Catholics have ever attended their bishop's "Chrism Mass" that is ideally celebrated also on Holy Thursday sometime before the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, but may be celebrated some days before Holy Thursday.

At the Chrism Mass the bishop blesses or consecrates the oils that are to serve as the Oil of Saints (also know as the “Oil of Catechumens”), the Sacred Chrism and the Oil of the Sick. These Holy Oils are then distributed to all the parish churches under that bishop.

The liturgical chants, the prayers, the readings and texts of the Chrism Mass dwell strongly on the ministry of Christ and his apostles— the same ministry handed on in the bishops and to the priests down to our day. Because of this, every single priest in a diocese is invited to join the bishop at the Chrism Mass together with representative Catholics from every parish church.

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