Thursday, April 01, 2010

Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica

CHRISM MASS — where holy oils used in sacraments and liturgies are consecrated — was celebrated this morning at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

Chrism Mass 2010, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - seminarian-altar servers before Mass

Seminarian-Altar Servers gather in the narthex before Mass.

Chrism Mass 2010, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - procession of priests

Procession of priests into the Cathedral.

Chrism Mass 2010, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - vessels of oil before consecration

Vessels of oil before consecration. Chrism is oil used for anointing. The Hebrew word ‘Messiah’ and the Greek word ‘Christos’ — where Jesus' title ‘Christ’ derives — both mean ‘the anointed one’.

Chrism Mass 2010, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Archbishop Robert Carlson leaves the Cathedral

Archbishop Robert Carlson leaving the Cathedral after Mass.

Chrism Mass 2010, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Archbishop Robert Carlson meets Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity

Archbishop Carlson greets Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity.

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