Pope Francis on the Triduum

Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during the Holy Thursday celebration

The Easter Triduum – the Pope said – is the apex of our liturgical year and it is also the apex of our lives as Christians.

We begin the Triduum – he continued – by celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, as we recall Christ’s offering of his body and blood to the Father, which he gave to the Apostles as food for their nourishment, with the command that they perpetually celebrate these mysteries in his memory.

He said we also recall the Lord washing the Apostles’ feet, through which he showed that the “purpose of his life and passion was to serve God and neighbour, a service which we are called to imitate by loving one another as he loved us”.

For more of Pope Francis’ remarks please go to Vatican Radio at this link.

What is the Chrism Mass?

 

 

The Chrism Mass – What is it?

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The Mass of Chrism comes once a year to your cathedral. If you’ve never celebrated it, you’re missing one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our church. During the Mass, your bishop will bless the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of chrism. We use the first for adult catechumens and infants, the second for anointing the sick, and the sacred oil of chrism for baptism, confirmation, the ordination of priests, and the consecration of altars. All three are basically an olive oil; chrism spices the air with the scent of a perfume, traditionally balsam. For pastoral reasons, another vegetable oil and perfume may be used.

To continue reading please continue here. From Chrism Mass by Paul Turner.