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Chrism Mass 2011
On Thursday, April 14, we gather for the Chrism Mass, during which the Archbishop blesses the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick, and consecrates the Sacred Chrism, for use in sacramental celebrations throughout the Church in Western Washington in the coming year.

Chrism Mass 2011

Chrism Mass 2011
At the beginning of Mass, Archbishop Sartain acknowledges the presence of Bishop Tyson, whom Pope Benedict XVI this week appointed as Bishop of Yakima.

Chrism Mass 2011

Chrism Mass 2011

Chrism Mass 2011
Our youth Psalmist:  "Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord."

Chrism Mass 2011
We were privileged to welcome Peter Cardinal Turkson, who preached at the Chrism Mass.  Cardinal Turkson, a native of Ghana, is the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. 

Chrism Mass 2011
An important part of the Chrism Mass is the priests' renewal of commitment to priestly service.  "Brothers and sisters," the Archbishop says, addressing the entire assembly, "Pray for your priests.  Ask the Lord to bless them with the fullness of his love, to help them be faithful ministers of Christ the High Priest."

Chrism Mass 2011
The blessing of the oils is the center of the Chrism Mass. 

Chrism Mass 2011

Chrism Mass 2011
Newly ordained priest Father Francisco Cancino carries the oil for the Sacred Chrism.

Chrism Mass 2011
The Archbishop breathes over the vessel of Sacred Chrism, praying that "all who are anointed with it may be inwardly transformed and come to share in eternal salvation."  The newly baptized, candidates for confirmation, priests at their ordination, and church buildings at their dedication, are anointed with the sweet-smelling Sacred Chrism.

Chrism Mass 2011

Chrism Mass 2011

Chrism Mass 2011

Chrism Mass 2011
In the Chapel after Mass, the Deacons of the Archdiocese
distribute the oils into small containers for each parish.

Chrism Mass 2011


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