02 Sep 2020

Blessing of holy oils worth the wait

The Southern Cross  |  September 2020

Blessing of holy oils worth the wait

Delayed by four months and held under very different conditions, the Chrism Mass on August 18 was nonetheless cause for great celebration as representatives from parishes around the Archdiocese gathered to receive their holy oils.

Originally scheduled to be held on April 6 during Holy Week, the Mass had to be postponed when churches were closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

In what was one of the first major celebrations at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in recent months, Catholics from throughout the Archdiocese stepped forward to collect the oils that will be used in the celebration of sacraments in their parishes and communities.

Unlike in previous years, the Cathedral was not full for this Mass as only 240 people were permitted to attend, and demand to secure a seat was high.

“Due to coronavirus restrictions we implemented a system where people were asked to book via TryBooking and the available seats were filled within two weeks,” said Events manager, Belinda Fusco.

“We also had a waitlist of names so there were some people who were disappointed they missed out.

“Fortunately, we were able to live stream the Mass and that was watched by hundreds of people.”

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