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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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The Eucharist

On this day the entire Roman Catholic faith focuses on the Easter Sunday Mass on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City in Rome, Italy. Easter Sunday is one of the special days for Catholics to receive the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. While the Eucharist can be taken anytime, Catholics are commanded to do it at least once a year on Easter Sunday.

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The Eucharist

On this day the entire Roman Catholic faith focuses on the Easter Sunday Mass on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City in Rome, Italy. Easter Sunday is one of the special days for Catholics to receive the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. While the Eucharist can be taken anytime, Catholics are commanded to do it at least once a year on Easter Sunday.

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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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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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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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Watching the Procession

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Sign of the Cross

A Priest makes the Sign of the Cross during the Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The Sign of the Cross is required during certain points in the Mass, as it prepares the individual to receive grace and makes possible for the one to cooperate with it.

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Holy Thursday Mass

St. Peter’s Basilica during Holy Thursday Mass.

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A Monk at Mass

A monk attends Holy Thursday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

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A Priest’s Glance

A priest glances upward to see the ornate ceiling of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican during the 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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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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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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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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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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