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Viatorians Attend Chrism Mass and Blessing of Holy Oils

March 22, 2016

Viatorians priests across the Province of Chicago carried out a tradition that is steeped in tradition, in attending the Chrism Mass. ChrismOils-300x224

It dates back to the early church, when the bishop blessed holy oils used during the sacraments for the rest of the year, and the ritual remains much the same.

Priests that attend get enough sacred oil for the whole year, including for the anointing of the sick, the oil of catechumens — which is for those preparing to be baptized — and the chrism oil, which is consecrated and used for baptism, confirmation and holy orders.

Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, pastor of St. George Parish and St. Mary’s in Beaverville,

Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, left, and Fr. John Peeters, CSV, attended the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet

Fr. Dan Belanger, CSV, left, and Fr. John Peeters, CSV, attended the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet

attended the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet, with Fr. John Peeters, CSV, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Kankakee.

Viatorians also attended Chrism Masses at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago and at Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas

The Mass of the Sacred Chrism always takes place during Holy week, prior to Holy Thursday, and it often is the largest gathering of priests in the diocese.