Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
Hartford, Conn. – (March 22, 2018) Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate the Chrism Mass and bless the oils to be used in the upcoming year during the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Anointing of the Sick, the Ordination of priests and the consecration of altars, and churches. He will be joined by priests of the Archdiocese who will renew their vows during the Mass. The Mass will take place on Tuesday, March 27th at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford.
The Chrism Mass takes its name from the most eminent of the three holy oils, the Sacred Chrism, which will be consecrated by Archbishop Blair. Anointing with Chrism marks a lasting change. For instance, the newly baptized are anointed and young people are confirmed with the Chrism. The Chrism is a mixture of oil and balsam, which gives it a sweet smell intended to remind us of the “odor of sanctity.”
The other two oils are the Oil of the Sick, and the Oil of the Catechumens. The Oil of the Sick is used to strengthen the sick and join them with Christ, and the Oil of the Catechumens is imposed on those preparing for baptism. Parish representatives will bring the oils back to their respective parishes.
The Chrism Mass is held during Holy Week in every Catholic diocese. The celebration of Chrism Mass is usually the largest diocesan liturgy and highpoint of the diocesan liturgical year.
Visit HartfordCathedral.org for a complete listing of Masses and sacramental activity at the Cathedral during Holy Week.
Handicapped accessibility to the Cathedral is available on the West side via an elevator located from the parking lot on Asylum Ave.