Skip to comments.Chrism Mass oils have power, Bishop says
Posted on 03/25/2008 3:59:09 PM PDT by markomalley
Catholics gathered at this years Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart were asked to be more than tepid and lukewarm in the practice of their faith and to take seriously Jesus challenge of making the world a better place.
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the challenge in his homily at the annual Holy Week liturgy March 17 at which he blesses the Oil of the Sick and Oil of Catechumens and consecrates the Chrism which is used in the sacraments of baptism and confirmation.
You and I have to have a well-formed conscience if we are going to do the right thing, Bishop DiLorenzo asserted.
You do that by listening to Jesus in the Word of God through scripture.
The Churchs sacraments also strengthen Catholic Christians as they seek to do the right thing, he added.
But there are daily struggles and living the full Catholic Christian life is often a struggle, the Bishop acknowledged.
We struggle and we wrestle with it, the bishop said. But we do make a difference in the global community.
Bishop DiLorenzo said that fully initiated Catholic Christians can and should take on the challenge associated with the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death. Other challenges in which they can work included the sanctity of married life and family life, helping the poor and persons with disabilities and people who are ill. There are also issues of poverty and the economy, he said, which affect the global community.
These oils clearly are associated with prayer in a sacramental context, he said. Jesus is challenging you to come forward and make a difference.
Bishop DiLorenzo said the Oil of the Sick represents a possibility of changing ones life while there is still time.
That oil and those prayers of the Church can turn us around to make the transition from this life to the next, he said.
The sacred oils look ordinary in appearance, but have a power from the sacraments associated with them.
Just remember, Bishop DiLorenzo said, just because you cant see it doesnt mean that it isnt there.
And the prayers over the oils and chrism were steeped in symbolism.
It is from him that chrism takes its name and with chrism you have anointed for yourself priests and kings, prophets and martyrs, Bishop DiLorenzo prayed.
Of the Oil of Catechumens which will be used at the Easter vigil liturgy in parishes where there is baptism of catechumens, the bishop prayed: Lord God, protector of all who believe in you, bless this oil and give wisdom and strength to all who are anointed with it in preparation for their baptism.
Bring them to a deeper understanding of the gospel, help them to accept the challenge of Christian living, and lead them to the joy of new birth in the family of your Church.
During the liturgy both the laity and clergy were given the opportunity to renew their commitment of service to the Church.
The laity were asked to stand to make their commitment, followed then by the deacons, and lastly, the many priests who had come from all 12 regions of the diocese to renew the promises they had made at their ordination to the priesthood.
Representatives of the priests and deacons of all 12 regions were called forward to receive the oils from the Bishop to take to the parishes and Catholic hospitals in their respective regions.
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