Highlights from 2020 Mass of Chrism
On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, the Mass of Chrism was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton, presided by His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, OMI.
The Mass of Chrism is so named because the Bishop consecrates the Sacred Chrism (mixture of olive oil and precious perfume) which will be used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders. Sacred Chrism is also used to anoint the Altar and walls of a Church on the day of dedication. The Bishop also blessed the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens. These blessed Oils will be distributed to the Parishes for use throughout the coming year. Bishop Crosby states, "when we are anointed with these oils, we are made more like Christ, who is called the Anointed One."
The mass was admittedly much different from prior years of celebration, with the pews empty due to preventative measures regarding COVID-19. "These are not usual times. Today, in the Cathedral, I gather with very few Priests to pray for our Diocese, to pray for our Priests and Deacons, to pray for our parishioners, to pray especially for those who are ill with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, for those who have died because of it, for those who mourn them, and for the healthcare providers and first responders who are on the frontlines of responding to the pandemic," said Bishop Crosby in today's Homily.
We pray that when we celebrate this mass again next year, the Cathedral will once again be full with our Priests, Deacons and parishioners.
Please view the full gallery from the Mass of Chrism below.