Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chrism Mass

The annual Chrism Mass was held last Thursday at the Baker City Cathedral. Since priests have to travel many hundreds of miles, the Mass is held on the previous Thursday, led by Bishop Liam Cary. In most other Dioceses it is held on the morning of Holy Thursday, the day when the Eucharist and the Priesthood were instituted during the Last Supper. The priests of the Diocese concelebrated with their Bishop who consecrated the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of Chrism, to be used for the various sacraments, especially Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Anointing of the Sick. The oils were later on distributed by a hard-working staff to all the priests, to be used in their respective parishes around the Baker Diocese. The priests also had a Holy Hour together, followed by a happy hour and a nice dinner prepared by the ladies of the Altar Society of St Francis De Sales Cathedral, in Baker City. It was good to visit my former parish after 6 months, which incidentally is exactly today. Half a year in Bend already!
Group photo of all the priests with their Bishop

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