By: Mariann Hughes, Office of Communications
Bishop Paul S. Loverde, together with the majority of the Diocese of Arlington’s 163 priests, along with our deacons and our seminarians, celebrated the annual Chrism Mass this morning at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington.
Bishop Loverde's homily is addressed to the many priests, religious and laity present.
Each Holy Thursday, the Cathedral celebrates the Chrism Mass to honor the institution of the priesthood, which Christ established at the Last Supper. Oil of Chrism is blessed by the bishop to use for sacraments throughout the following year at all of the parishes.
The priests of the Diocese of Arlington renewed their commitment to priestly service at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass.
Bishop Loverde raises his hands in blessing over the oils that were presented.
"In your kindness, O King of the eternal homeland, consecrate this oil of olives as a sign of life, a safeguard against the demon. May both men and women be made new by being anointed by the chrism, and may the wound of their glorious dignity be revealed."
An elderly priest listens while Bishop Loverde blesses the oils. Priests hands are anointed with chrism during their ordination, signifying the sacredness their hands possess in especially the consecration of the Eucharist. "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 5:6)
The priests of the diocese process out of the cathedral during the Chrism Mass.
The priests gathered in Burke Hall after the Chrism Mass to have sacred oils allotted to them for the upcoming year.