Clifton Cathedral was full for the Chrism Mass yesterday, 12 April 2017.
Many Parishioners made the journey to the Cathedral along with their Priests and Deacons for the Mass where Priests and Deacons reaffirm their commitment to their vocation. The Bishop also blesses the Oils which will be used in the administration of the Sacraments throughout the Diocese for the year.
The Mass is a wonderful feast of good liturgy and liturgical music. During this Mass the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of Chrism are consecrated by Bishop Declan.
We use the Oil of the Sick for anointing those who seek healing and wholeness, the Oil of Catechumens for adult catechumens and infants in preparation for baptism and the sacred Oil of Chrism for post-baptismal anointing, confirmation, the ordination of priests and the consecration of altars.
The three oils are basically olive oil with balm or oil of flower added. One early church writer described the perfume of Chrism as “the Easter aroma, God’s grace incarnate through the sense of smell!”
Through the liturgy of the Church, Christ acts to strengthen and protect, to heal and restore, to set apart and seal for ministry. The Chrism Mass serves to open up these realities to the community of faith.