Chrism Mass 2017

It was a full congregation and a full sanctuary for the Chrism Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, an encouraging experience at a time when the media would have us believe religious observance is for the minority. Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti and priests and deacons from across the diocese to celebrate this Mass which he described in his welcome as a Mass for everyone. The music of the Mass was provided by the Archdiocesan choir, the St. Mungo Singers, with organist Jacqueline Barrett and Dr. Noel Donnelly on harp. The liturgy of the Chrism Mass is rich and complex, including as it does, the Blessing of the Oils which will be used in the administering of sacraments over the coming year, and the Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service by the priests of the Diocese. Archbishop Tartaglia’s sermon linked together the two actions. He pointed out that in the oils that were to be blessed at the Mass, the church is made present, particularly through the oil of chrism which is used in so many sacraments and is so symbolic of how the Church is constituted sacramentally. Turning to the Renewal of Commitment, and speaking to the priests present, he thanked the them for attending in such numbers. He reflected that, at the Chrism Mass, their thoughts may go back to their ordination day. He had...

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