Holy oils symbolize Holy Spirit’s power, presence, Bishop Kinney says

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor When the bishop breathes upon the openings of glass vessels filled with fragrant chrism oil at the annual chrism Mass, he does so as a reminder of Christ breathing on the Apostles after his resurrection, telling them to “receive the Holy Spirit.” The Catholic faith is rich with signs and…

Blessing the Holy Oils

Annual chrism Mass is time of renewal, preparation By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Every year right before Easter, the bishop of each diocese blesses the oils that will be used in its parishes for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders and the anointing of the sick at a special Mass called the chrism Mass….