Blessing of Holy Oils and Consecration of Sacred Chrism
The Chrism Mass is celebrated on the Thursday before Holy Week in the Diocese of Fresno. During this Mass, the priests, deacons and representatives of the entire diocesan community gather around their Bishop, who blesses the Holy Oils and consecrates the Sacred Chrism for use in the coming year.
Whenever the Holy Oils and Sacred Chrism are used in a diocese, the ministry of the Bishop who blessed and consecrated them is symbolically present.
Unity, Renewal of Vows and Promises
The Chrism Mass reminds us of our oneness in Christ through Baptism and its holy anointing, made possible by the ministry of the Bishop and his priests. The Chrism Mass is also a key moment in which the unity of the Bishop with his priests (together, they form the presbyterate) is manifested and renewed. During the Liturgy, the entire assembly is called to renew its baptismal promises; deacons and priests also renew their vow of obedience to the local Bishop and their commitment to serve God’s people. At the end of the Chrism Mass, the Holy Oils and Sacred Chrism are brought back to parishes of the diocese for use in the coming year.