Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of the annual Chrism Mass on April 19 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. The Chrism Mass manifests the communion of priests with their bishop in the same priesthood and ministry of Christ. The Archbishop blessed two types of oils – the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of the Catechumens – and consecrated the Holy Chrism. The Oil of the Sick is used by priests to administer the sacrament of anointing the sick. The Oil of the Catechumens is used to give a person wisdom and strength before receiving the sacrament of baptism. The principal concelebrants were Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin, Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza. Father Jeffrey V. Romans was master of ceremonies.
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