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Holy Chrism Mass

On Holy Thursday before Easter Sunday, the Chrism Mass is held in every Catholic diocese. This special Mass serves two major purposes. The first is the blessing of the Holy Oils by the diocese bishop (in this case the highest bishop in the church, Pope Francis) for use in the coming year. These are: Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism. The oils are contained in the three large silver containers at the altar. The second is the renewal of the vows and commitments to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

Header image for “Holy Ground: Catholic Pilgrimages to Rome”

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Swiss Guard Keeping Watch

The Papal Swiss Guard serve as the official military to the Pope and the Vatican City. One of the oldest military units in the world, the Swiss Guard was established in 1506 as a mercenary unit under Pope Julius II. It has been cited that the inspiration for the uniforms comes from a painting by Michelangelo.

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Priests Enter the Mass

Priests enter St. Peter’s Basilica for the Holy Thursday Mass, the Thursday before Easter Sunday begins.

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Watching the Procession

A nun watches the procession of Priests that file into St. Peter’s Basilica for Holy Thursday Mass.

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Holy Thursday Mass

St. Peter’s Basilica during Holy Thursday Mass.

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The Vatican Bishops Enter

People take photos as the Vatican Bishops enter St. Peter’s Basilica for Holy Thursday Mass in the Vatican.

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Watching the Procession

Curious onlookers watch the events of the Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica unfold. Some are faithful Catholics and some are tourists.

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Holy Chrism Mass

On Holy Thursday before Easter Sunday, the Chrism Mass is held in every Catholic diocese. This special Mass serves two major purposes. The first is the blessing of the Holy Oils by the diocese bishop (in this case the highest bishop in the church, Pope Francis) for use in the coming year. These are: Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism. The oils are contained in the three large silver containers at the altar. The second is the renewal of the vows and commitments to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Holy Chrism Mass

On Holy Thursday before Easter Sunday, the Chrism Mass is held in every Catholic diocese. This special Mass serves two major purposes. The first is the blessing of the Holy Oils by the diocese bishop (in this case the highest bishop in the church, Pope Francis) for use in the coming year. These are: Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism. The oils are contained in the three large silver containers at the altar. The second is the renewal of the vows and commitments to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Holy Chrism Mass

On Holy Thursday before Easter Sunday, the Chrism Mass is held in every Catholic diocese. This special Mass serves two major purposes. The first is the blessing of the Holy Oils by the diocese bishop (in this case the highest bishop in the church, Pope Francis) for use in the coming year. These are: Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism. The oils are contained in the three large silver containers at the altar. The second is the renewal of the vows and commitments to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Holy Chrism Mass

On Holy Thursday before Easter Sunday, the Chrism Mass is held in every Catholic diocese. This special Mass serves two major purposes. The first is the blessing of the Holy Oils by the diocese bishop (in this case the highest bishop in the church, Pope Francis) for use in the coming year. These are: Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism. The oils are contained in the three large silver containers at the altar. The second is the renewal of the vows and commitments to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Holy Chrism Mass

On Holy Thursday before Easter Sunday, the Chrism Mass is held in every Catholic diocese. This special Mass serves two major purposes. The first is the blessing of the Holy Oils by the diocese bishop (in this case the highest bishop in the church, Pope Francis) for use in the coming year. These are: Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism. The oils are contained in the three large silver containers at the altar. The second is the renewal of the vows and commitments to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Kneeling During the Mass

At various points during the Mass, the faithful kneel. A Catholic Mass is seen as a sacrifice, and such there are times when the faithful pray on their knees. Kneeling is meant to show the believer’s humility before God.

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