Highlights from 2019 Mass of Chrism
In the Diocese of Hamilton, the annual celebration of the Mass of Chrism takes place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Monday of Holy Week. On April 15, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, presided over this year’s Mass of Chrism. As usual, the Cathedral Basilica was packed to overflowing with people representing the 118 parishes and 28 missions, which make up the Diocese of Hamilton. Almost 200 priests concelebrated the Mass. Principal concelebrants were Bishop Anthony Tonnos, Emeritus Bishop of Hamilton, and Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki, Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton, who this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination.
It is a high point in the liturgical life of the diocese, for it is a celebration in which the whole Church is gathered around the altar to celebrate the Eucharist. One of the unique features of this year’s Mass of Chrism was the proclamation of the second reading of the Mass in sign language, a way of recognizing the deaf community whose members participate regularly in the Chrism Mass.
The Mass of Chrism features both the renewal of commitment to priestly service, as well as the blessing of oils and the consecration of oil for Sacred Chrism. All of the oils blessed during this year’s Mass of Chrism will be used during the coming year in parishes throughout the diocese for the celebration of the sacraments.
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. 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. Anointed with Sacred Chrism, the faithful share in the life of Christ, the Anointed One, and are sealed with God’s Spirit for witness and service.
If you missed this year’s celebration, plan to join us next year!
We invite you to read the full article on the Mass of Chrism, written by Monsignor Murray J. Kroetsch, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese of Hamilton, published via The Catholic Register.