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Date(s) - 27/03/2018
7:30 pm

Notre Dame Cathedral


Each year the priests of the Archdiocese gather on the Tuesday evening of Holy Week to celebrate the Chrism Mass with Archbishop Prendergast. The Chrism Mass is the Eucharistic celebration during which the holy oils used in the sacraments are blessed and distributed to the parishes. There are three oils: the Oil of Catechumens – for those preparing for baptism; the Oil of the Sick – for those who are ill or suffering from disease; and the Oil of Chrism – for those being baptized, confirmed, or ordained. Each of these oils is specially prepared and presented to the Archbishop who blesses the first two oils and consecrates the third. During this Eucharistic liturgy the priests are invited to renew the promises of their ordination and re-commit themselves to the life and ministry of their vocation. The Chrism Mass is somewhat lengthy (75-90 minutes) but well worth attending. Parking in the cathedral parking lot is free that evening and there is seating for more than 1000 people. If you have never been to the cathedral for the Chrism Mass, you are encouraged to attend and celebrate with the whole Church of Ottawa.  A reception will follow in the cathedral hall.