Oils blessed at Chrism Mass

Mar 28, 2024
Perfume is added to the Holy Chrism before being consecrated during the Chrism Mass, March 25, 2024 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Orlando. (LANA KACZMAREK))

ORLANDO | Priests, deacons and faithful from around the Diocese of Orlando filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, for the annual chrism Mass, March 25, 2024. During the chrism Mass, Bishop John Noonan blessed the holy oils used in Sacraments and other celebrations during the year. The oils were carefully prepared from pure olive oil, except the holy chrism where balsam or perfume is added.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1294, provides insight regarding the three oils. “Anointing with oil has all these meanings in the sacramental life. The pre-baptismal anointing with the oil of catechumens signifies cleansing and strengthening; the anointing of the sick expresses healing and comfort. The post-baptismal anointing with sacred chrism in Confirmation and Ordination is the sign of consecration. By Confirmation Christians, that is, those who are anointed, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is
filled, so that their lives may give off ‘the aroma of Christ’ (2 Cor 2, 15).”

Bringing forth the oils were Deacon Dave Baker from Nativity Parish in Longwood — the oil of the sick; Deacon Peter Pronko from Annunciation Parish in Altamonte Springs — the oil of catechumens; and Deacon Dan Bassile from Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic — the holy chrism.

The priests gathered also renewed their vows and celebrated jubilarians. This year those celebrated were Msgr. David Page for 65 years, Msgr. William Ennis for 60 years, Father William Zamborsky for 50 years, and Redemptorist Father Aldrin Nunes for 25 years