The Diocese of Richmond celebrated their annual Chrism Mass this past Monday evening at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. It is a beautiful Mass that includes blessing of the holy oils used for every church, and the clergy make a reaffirmation of their priestly vows.
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo said at this week’s Chrism Mass: “Christians are called to reject the mythical concepts of “success” and “living the good life,” Christians embrace an outlook on life that is nothing short of counter-cultural.”
- Oil of the Sick “Oleum Infirmorum”
- Oil of Catechumens “Oleum Catechumenorum” used in Baptism along with water, in the consecration of churches, in the blessing of Altars, in the ordination of priests.
- Sacred Chrism “Sanctum Chrisma” which is olive oil mixed with a small amount of balm or balsam. Used in the post-baptismal anointing for infants, in Confirmation, for Holy Orders, the consecration of churches, altars, and even bells. In Holy Orders, the bishop is anointing on the head and priest are anointed on the hands.