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Chrism Mass celebrated at St. Mary Cathedral
The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, presided at the Eucharistic Celebration with the Blessing of Oils and Consecration of Chrism on Tuesday, March 26. Fifty-one priests from throughout the diocese concelebrated, 12 deacons were present, along with nearly 1,000 laity for this beautiful liturgy. The annual Chrism Mass is one of the occasions when the entire Church of Gaylord gathers as one with our shepherd, highlighting our common ministry and union with Jesus Christ and one another.
A highlight of this particular celebration is the Blessing of the Oils and Consecration of Sacred Chrism. The Oil of the Catechumens, imposed on those preparing for baptism, and the Oil of the Sick, which is used for those who seek anointing, were brought forward by parishioners from the diocese and blessed by the bishop. The Oil of Chrism, to which the scent of balsam is added, was then brought to the sanctuary and consecrated. The Sacred Chrism is the fragrant oil used for baptisms, confirmations, ordinations, and the consecration of altars and blessing of churches.
The priests of the diocese also recommit themselves to the promises made at their ordination during this Mass and he people in the assembly offer prayers and support for the priests and the Bishop.
After the liturgy, bottles of the newly blessed and consecrated oils were presented to representatives from each parish. These are then carried back to their faith own communities for use during the coming year.
A video of Bishop Raica’s homily and a link to download the text is below. You can view more photos from the liturgy by clicking here.