U.S. bishops note significance of Chrism Mass oils - Catholic Courier
Bishop Matano pours balsam into a container of Holy Chrism Bishop Salvatore R. Matano pours the balsam into oil for the Sacred Chrism during the Diocese of Rochester's 2019 Chrism Mass. (Courier file photo)

U.S. bishops note significance of Chrism Mass oils

The oils being blessed at the Chrism Mass may be explained to the congregation as follows, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Order for the Reception of the Holy Oils.

Oil of the Sick — “This Oil of the Sick has been blessed by our Bishop for the healing of body, mind, and soul. May the sick, who are anointed with it, experience the compassion of Christ and his saving love.”

Oil of Catechumens — “This Oil of Catechumens has been blessed by our Bishop for the anointing of those preparing for Baptism. Through this anointing they are strengthened by Christ to resist the power of Satan and reject evil in all its forms, as they prepare for the saving waters of Baptism.”

Holy Chrism — “This holy Chrism, a mixture of olive oil and perfume, has been consecrated by our Bishop and the Priests of our Diocese. It will be used to anoint infants after Baptism, those who are to be confirmed, Bishops and Priests at their Ordination, and altars and churches at the time of their dedication.”

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