PORTLAND---On Friday, June 26, at 1 p.m., Bishop Robert Deeley will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. The Mass, traditionally held during Holy Week, was originally scheduled for April 7 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In consideration of the large gathering restrictions in place, around 30 priests will represent different areas of the state at the Mass. The priests present and those participating via livestream will still renew their priestly promises during the Mass. All are encouraged to participate in the Mass, which is closed to the public, via livestream at www.facebook.com/PortlandCathedral or www.portlanddiocese.org/online-Mass.
At the Chrism Mass, Bishop Deeley will bless the oil of the sick and the oil of the catechumens, and he will consecrate the sacred Chrism. The oil of the sick is used to anoint the sick, bringing God’s health, strength, and forgiveness to those in need. The oil of the catechumens is blessed to strengthen those preparing for baptism to resist sin and to grow in faith. A catechumen is one who is preparing for baptism in the Catholic Church. The sacred Chrism is used for baptism, confirmation, ordination of priests, and the consecration of altars and churches.