2021 Chrism Mass
Chrism Mass During COVID-19 –
For the second year in a row, the Diocese of St. Petersburg Chrism Mass was celebrated during the COVID pandemic. This year’s celebration was closed to the public due to maintain appropriate distancing. Over 130 priests, 35 deacons and 40 staff members were present at the cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass, one of the highlights of the liturgical year for the faithful. During the Chrism Mass. Bishop Parkes consecrated the Sacred Chrism Oil that will be used during thousands of Baptisms and Confirmations throughout the coming year in local parishes. He also blessed the Oil of Catechumens that is reserved for adults preparing to be baptized and the Oil of the Sick, that is reserved for those who are seriously ill. After the Mass, the Holy Oils were brought back to the local churches. Also, at the Chrism Mass, priests of the Diocese renew their priestly promises that were pledged on the day of their ordination.
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