During Holy Week, bishops from dioceses around the world celebrate the Chrism Mass. Though the Chrism Mass is usually on the morning of Holy Thursday, it can fall on another day of the week if need be. During the Mass, three types of oil are blessed for each church in the diocese to use throughout the coming year. In addition to the blessing of the oils, all the priests and bishops of the diocese publicly renew their priestly promises at the Chrism Mass.
"O sublime humility! O humble sublimity!"
John 13:21-33, 36-38
Jesus is deeply troubled. Night has fallen. One apostle is about to betray Jesus and another is going to deny him three times. The darkness of the coming events is palpable in this Gospel reading.
In order to prepare for this sacred time leading up to our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, we invite you to meditate on some quotes from the saints.
The seventh word is from Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Again, Jesus is talking directly to His Father. His use of the word “Father” is reminiscent of my reflection on the first word, so if you forgot what I said, just reread the first word.
The sixth word is from John 19:30: It is finished.