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In pictures: Clifton Chrism Mass

Sisters arriving

Chrism Mass has been celebrated at Clifton Cathedral, and is a gathering of the whole diocesan family.

A packed Clifton Cathedral

People and priests came from all over the West to take part in Bishop Declan's mass and to watch the consecration of the oil.

Clergy outide of Clifton Cathedral

A detailed version of the practice details how ointment (oil) was "symbolically applied to thy forehead, and thy other organs of sense."

Clergy reading outside Clifton Cathedral

It is said that being "anointed with the Holy anointing oil of God" was a physical representation of having the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Clergy at Clifton Cathedral

Bishop Declan blessed the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of Chrism.

Chrism Mass oils

The sacred oil of Chrism is used for post-baptismal anointing, confirmation, the ordination of priests, and alter consecration.

Chrism Mass oils leaving the Cathedral

The holy oils are then solemnly received into the Parishes during the Mass of the Lord's Supper or at another suitable time.


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