Blessing the oils

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Priests from around the archdiocese gathered with the faithful April 10 at the Cathedral of St. Paul for the annual Chrism Mass. During the Mass, Archbishop John Nienstedt consecrated the holy chrism and blessed the oil for catechumens and the oil of the sick. The priests present also renewed their commitment to priestly service. Above, Archbishop John Nienstedt adds a sweet perfume called balsam to the Sacred Chrism. For the first time, all priests present were invited to the altar for the blessing of the Oil of Catechumens and the consecration of Chrism.

Priests from around the archdiocese gathered with the faithful April 10 at the Cathedral of St. Paul for the annual Chrism Mass. During the Mass, Archbishop John Nienstedt consecrated the holy chrism and blessed the oil for catechumens and the oil of the sick. The priests present also renewed their commitment to priestly service. Above, Archbishop John Nienstedt adds a sweet perfume called balsam to the Sacred Chrism. For the first time, all priests present were invited to the altar for the blessing of the Oil of Catechumens and the consecration of Chrism.

 

Deacon Larry Lawinger, left, and Deacon Michael Nevin waited before presenting the Sacred Chrism to Archbishop Nienstedt. Deacon Larry Lawinger, left, and Deacon Michael Nevin waited before presenting the Sacred Chrism to Archbishop Nienstedt. The Sacred Chrism is the primary annointing oil. It is used for baptism, confirmation and ordination. It is also used to anoint the altar and walls of new churches when they are dedicated.

Deacon Larry Lawinger, left, and Deacon Michael Nevin waited before presenting the Sacred Chrism to Archbishop Nienstedt. The Sacred Chrism is the primary annointing oil. It is used for baptism, confirmation and ordination. It is also used to anoint the altar and walls of new churches when they are dedicated.

 

Deacon Paul Tschann places a vessel of oil on a pedestal during the Mass. Deacon Tom Michaud Jr. is behind the oils.

Deacon Paul Tschann places a vessel of oil on a pedestal during the Mass. Deacon Tom Michaud Jr. is behind the oils.

 

 

 

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