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BOSTON (March 26, 2013) - Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap, celebrated the Chrism Mass on Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.


After the Mass, the bishops and priests gathered at Cathedral High School for lunch and to pick up the holy oils to bring back to their parishes.


In many dioceses the Chrism Mass is celebrated on Holy Thursday morning, but in Boston it is celebrated on Tuesday of Holy Week. Cardinal Seán celebrates the Mass with as many of the priests of the Archdiocese whose duties allow and he blesses the holy oils that will be used throughout the next year in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. The priests then bring those oils back to their home parishes.


The Mass was broadcast live on CatholicTV on cable and satellite and their website. Cardinal Seán's homily was to be made available as audio later on The Good Catholic Life radio program and on their website at


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Taken on March 26, 2013