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. FromĀ Chrism Mass by Paul Turner.