The Mass of Chrism is one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our church. The Archbishop blesses the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick, and the Oil of Chrism.
•The Oil of Catechumens is for adult Catechumens.
•The Oil of the Sick is used for anointing of the sick.
•The Oil of Chrism is used for Baptism, Confirmation, the Ordination of priests, and for the consecration of altars. The oils are made of olive oil, traditionally scented with balsam.
Traditionally, bishops blessed the oils at the Cathedral during the Holy Thursday liturgy, but in 1955 a special, separate Mass of Chrism was established. Only a bishop can consecrate chrism, so the Mass highlights his ministry. This Mass also acknowledges the ministry of priests. They are invited to renew their commitment of service and to receive the prayers and support of the people.