The Chrism Mass and What Happens

On Wednesday 28th March at 7pm, the diocesan community will gather in St Mirin’s Cathedral for this special Mass.

The Chrism Mass in any diocese is celebrated by the local bishop. His priests concelebrate with him, and the Mass manifests in a special way the unity of the priests with their bishop. During this Mass, the priests of the diocese will renew their Priestly Promises.


The Blessing of the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens, and the Consecration of the Chrism are carried out by the bishop at this Mass. During the Consecration of the Chrism, the bishop breathes over the vessel of chrism, a gesture which symbolises both the Holy Spirit coming down to consecrate this oil, and the life-giving, sanctifying nature of the sacraments for which it is used.

The Oil of the Sick will be used in the celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick; the Oil of Catechumens in the Sacrament of Baptism,  and the Oil of Chrism in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Priestly Ordination of Jonathan Whitworth.

Oh, Priest, who are you? Not through yourself, since you are from nothing. Not for yourself, since you are mediator of men. Not to yourself, since you are the spouse of the Church. Not yours, since you are servant of all. Not you, since you are God. Who are you then? You are nothing and all.
St Norbert

Bishop John Keenan invites the priests and people of the Diocese of Paisley to celebrate the Chrism Mass with him on Wednesday 28th March at 7pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral. This celebration is a great opportunity for us to celebrate and express our faith together. During the Mass, the priests of the Diocese will renew their priestly commitment and the oils will be blessed for use in the celebration of the sacraments throughout the Diocese in the coming year.

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