2018 Chrism Mass

2018 Chrism Mass

On Monday, March 26, 2018, the Chrism Mass was held at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton. Bishop Crosby concelebrated the Mass with his college of Priests and was also joined by Archbishop MacDonald. During this Mass, Bishop Crosby consecrates the Holy Chrism and blesses the other oils, and manifests the communion of Priests with their Bishop.

The Holy Chrism consecrated by the Bishop is used to anoint the newly-baptized, to seal the faithful in Confirmation, and to anoint the hands of Priests and the heads of Bishops at their Ordination. In addition, the Chrism is used in the rites associated with the dedication of churches and altars. The Oil of Catechumens is used to bring strength to those preparing for Baptism. The Oil of the Sick is used to bring comfort and support to the sick in their infirmity.

The participation of representatives from parishes throughout the Diocese displays the unity of the body of Christ which gathers to worship God in spirit and in truth.

  • Anointed with the Oil of the Sick, the infirm are forgiven their sins and restored to health; they are given strength to bear their sufferings in union with Christ. The Oil of the Sick was brought up by Reverend Mr. Christopher Tracey and Christine Pearson from St. Thomas the Apostle, Waterdown.
  • Anointed with the Oil of Catechumens, those preparing for Christian initiation are strengthened to turn away from sin and deepen their resolve to know Christ. The Oil of Catechumens was brought up by Reverend Mr. Grayson Hope and Isabella Anne Flower Thibeault from Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton.
  • Anointed with Chrism, the faithful share in the life of Christ—the Anointed One—and are sealed with God's Spirit for witness and service. The Sacred Chrism was brought up by Reverend Mr. Tim Theriault and Emily Alzaidi Zheng from Newman Campus Ministry, Guelph.