The Chrism Mass comes once a year to the cathedral in every diocese, and is one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our church. Todays Chrism Mass takes on an added significance in this Year of the Priests. In this year's Triduum, the Pope highlighted the Chrism Mass as he invites the faithful to "Live intensely this Holy Triduum", and reiterates the call to all the Priests: "Be Heralds of Hope".
"The Holy Chrism Mass, morning prelude of Holy Thursday, will find gathered together..the presbyters with their respective bishops. During a significant Eucharistic celebration, which customarily takes place in the diocesan cathedrals, the oil of the sick, of the catechumens and the chrism will be blessed. Moreover, the bishop and the presbyters will renew their priestly promises pronounced on the day of ordination." ...
"I would like to repeat to all priests the exhortation that I formulated as a conclusion of the letter of convocation: 'In the footsteps of the Curé d'Ars, let yourselves be enthralled by him. In this way you too will be, for the world in our time, heralds of hope, reconciliation and peace!'"
The Bishop of Rome invited the faithful to "dispose ourselves to live intensely this Holy Triduum now imminent, to be ever more profoundly inserted in the Mystery of Christ, dead and resurrected for us."
"May the Most Holy Virgin accompany us in this spiritual itinerary," he prayed. "May she, who followed Jesus in his passion and was present beneath the cross, introduce us into the Paschal Mystery, so that we will be able to experience the joy and peace of the Risen One."