Archbishop Henry J. Mansell blessed all of the oils used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, the anointing of the sick and ordination of priests as well as in the consecration of altars and churches at the Chrism Mass on March 26 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. 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. Representatives from the 213 parishes in the archdiocese later picked up at least one vial of each of the three oils for use at their parishes. At the Mass, more than 200 priests renewed their commitments to priestly service. More than 1,000 Catholic school students from 30 archdiocesan schools attended. (Photos by Jack Sheedy)
Nicely done, Jack. Some beautiful shots and imaginative angles.
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