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March 29, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
On this day there is the morning Chrism Mass when the priests of the Archdiocese gather with the Archbishop to consecrate holy oils, which are used throughout the year for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Anointing of the Sick. This ancient practice dates back to the fifth century and stresses the role of the bishop as a successor to the apostles.
There is only one other Mass on this day, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper which is celebrated in the evening. This Mass commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood. After Mass the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession to the Altar of Repose where it remains until the Communion on Good Friday. And for a time following mass there is the continued Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, just as the disciples stayed with the Lord during His agony on the Mount of Olives before the betrayal of Judas.
10:30am – Chrism Mass – Principal Celebrant: Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Sacrament of Confessions (3 priests hearing confessions)
6:30pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Principal Celebrant: Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
9pm – Compline: The Office of Night Prayer