Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Celebrates Chrism Mass

Today Wednesday 16 April Bishop Kieran will gather with priests, deacons and people to celebrate the Mass of Chrism in Arundel Cathedral. At this Mass, the Bishop will bless the Holy Oils which each parish receives for the rites of anointing.
Saint Ambrose [340-397] began this custom – which we now call the Chrism Mass – in his Cathedral in Milan. Three Holy Oils, which are used to sanctify the Faithful, have been channels of holiness for centuries!

The Oil of Catechumens is used to anoint the chest of infants and hands of adults before their Baptism; the Oil of the Sick is used on the forehead and hands of the infirm in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick; and Sacred Chrism is used to anoint the head of the newly baptized, the foreheads of confirmandi, the hands of a priest at his ordination, the head of a bishop at his ordination, and the altar and walls of new churches.

At the Mass, all priests make a Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service, recommitting themselves to their Bishop and to their ministry to God and His People; the Bishop and all priests then ask the deacons and people for a pledge of their prayerful support.

All are welcome to attend tonight at 6pm in Arundel Cathedral

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