The Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Augustine concluded with the recessional hymn, O God Beyond All Praising, and a lovely Mendelssohn postlude.

(Kalamazoo, Michigan) The blessing of the Oil of the Sick and of the Oil of Catechumens and the consecration of the Chrism are carried out by the Bishop, according to the Rite described in the Roman Pontifical, usually on Holy Thursday, at a proper Mass to be celebrated during the morning.  If, however, it is very difficult for the clergy and the people to gather with the Bishop on this day, the Chrism Mass may be anticipated on another day, but near to Easter.  Such is the case with the Diocese of Kalamazoo, which encompasses a wide swath of southwest Michigan.  So our Chrism Mass is celebrated on the Tuesday of Holy Week, this year on April 11, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine in downtown Kalamazoo with the Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley as principal celebrant and homilist.  My friends Gary and Patty and I were chosen to collect the oils for Saint Agnes in Sawyer and Saint Mary of the Assumption in Three Oaks, so we were there to witness and to be part of a glorious celebration of our faith complete with a Bach prelude played to resounding perfection by Music Director Thomas Fielding.  We are grateful we were there, just as we are grateful we will be at Saint Mary of the Assumption tonight at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to present the holy oils.

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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