How the Diocese of Brooklyn Blesses Oils Used in the Ancient Tradition of the Chrism Mass

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This ancient tradition dates back centuries. It’s the blessing of the church’s oils – those used in the sacraments to baptize, sanctify the sick, ordain priests and anoint altars.

It’s called Chrism Mass and although the custom is as old as the bible itself, it packs the pews of even the biggest churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn and around the world.

The blessed oils are distributed to every parish, every Holy Week, and they’ll last the whole year through. In a week of solemnity, this Mass is a happy occasion.

Nearly 300 priests will come to St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral. It’s the first time in three years there aren’t any pandemic restrictions on the Mass. It’s a chance for them to renew their vows, and hear a special homily from their bishop.

This year will mark Bishop Robert Brennan’s first.