Oils consecrated at Chrism Mass

NEW ULM - On Saturday morning, April 13 Bishop John M. LeVoir, joined by priests and deacons as well as parishioners of the diocese, celebrated the annual sacred Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Originally scheduled for Thursday, April 11 in Olivia, the Mass had been postponed due to inclement weather. The Chrism Mass is the only liturgy wherein the bishop consecrates the Holy Chrism Oil and blesses the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens to be used in sacramental anointing throughout the year in parishes in the diocese. During the Mass, Bishop LeVoir invited the priests to rise and reaffirm their priestly commitments originally promised at their ordinations. Pictured, Bishop LeVoir mixes the Chrism Oil with fragrant balsam before breathing into the glass vessel symbolizing the infusion of the Holy Spirit in an act of sacred consecration. Looking on is Fr. Aaron Johanneck, director of the diocesan Office of Worship.

APRIL/MAY 2019 Prairie Catholic