Highlights from 2021 Mass of Chrism
On Monday, March 29th, 2021, the Mass of Chrism was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton. The principal celebrant was His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, OMI, with concelebrants including Auxiliary Bishop-elect Wayne Lobsinger, Bishop Emeritus Anthony Tonnos, and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Matthew Ustryzcki. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the attendance was limited to Priests only.
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 also includes a renewal of commitment to priestly service, reuniting the priests to their Bishop.
During his Homily, Bishop Crosby took a moment to remember those friends and family who have been lost to the Coronavirus, brother priests who have been lost in the past year, and the toll that the past year has taken on everyone, psychologically, socially, economically, and physically. "Today, we bring them to prayer."
It was also an opportunity to announce and congratulate Bishop-elect Wayne Lobsinger. The gathered priests applauded the Jubilarians, including Bishop Emeritus Anthony Tonnos, who this year celebrates 60 years of priesthood.
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