he Blessings of Holy Oils & Chrism mass held at Milagres Cathedral

Udupi : The blessings of Holy Oils and Chrism mass held at Milagres Cathedral of Udupi Diocese on Thursday, 26th March, 2015. His Lordship Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi Diocese concelebrated the solemnly mass along with diocesan around 72 priests.

Prior to the mass the Bishop along with diocesan priests gathered at Milagres Tri-centenary Hall and proceeded towards in procession to Milagres Cathedral. During the Chrism mass which usually held in Cathedral of the diocese and blessed the three kinds of sacred oils, all of which signify the work of the Holy Spirit and symbolize it in that oil “serves to sweeten, to strengthen, to render supple” (Catholic Encyclopedia).

The three Holy Oils are :

 The Oil of Catechumens ("Oleum Catechumenorum" or "Oleum Sanctum") used in Baptism along with water, in the consecration of churches, in the blessing of Altars, in the ordination of priests, and, sometimes, in the crowning of Catholic kings and queens.

The Holy Chrism ("Sanctum Chrisma") or "Oil of Gladness," which is olive oil mixed with a small amount of balm or balsam. It is used in Confirmation, Baptism, in the consecration of a Bishop, the consecration of a various things such as churches, chalices, patens, and bells.


It is appropriate that the oil of the sick, the oil of the Catechumens and the Holy Chrism which are blessed by the Bishop during the Chrism mass, be presented to and received by the local parish community. The reception of the holy oil may take place at Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday or any another day after the celebration of chrism mass.  In Udupi Diocese this year due to busy schedule on Holy Thursday or other reason, the diocese Chrism Mass with the blessings of Holy Oils held on Thursday, 26th March, 2015 at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur.

During the mass Bishop pointed out the role of priests in their mission to serve the God. Priest will prepare the Eucharistic community. The priest shall living in the midst of the people to teach, to sanctify and to lead through service of the community. He has been powerful kind of compromise with the people. Priests are mediators between God and faithful. The priest shall be for the people in different ways. The faithful people wants priest of prayer.

Meanwhile during the mass priests asked to stand renew the promises made on their ordination time and witnessed the priests who again pledged their lives and love to Jesus.

At the end of the mass Bishop thanked the Rector of the Cathedral and other concerned for the successful arrangement of the Chrism annual mass. Meanwhile Rector Very Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo also gave the words of gratitude. Around 72 diocesan priests along with Chancellor, all deans of deaneries and other officials’ priests except vicar general were participated and witnessed the important events.

Meanwhile at the end of the mass the sponsor Mrs. Preema Lewis honoured with decorated candle by the Bishop. Large but not expected faithful of the diocese witnessed the mass.

News published on: 2015-03-28