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Priests received Communion during the Chrism Mass April 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
Priests received Communion during the Chrism Mass April 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
Photo Credit: Lisa Johnston

VISUAL VIEWPOINT | Manifestation of the unity of priests

Also known colloquially as the Mass for Priests, the Chrism Mass includes archdiocesan priests vesting, processing into the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and sitting at the front of the congregation. The Chrism Mass is described in the Roman Missal: “This Mass, which the Bishop concelebrates with his presbyterate, should be, as it were, a manifestation of the Priests’ communion with their Bishop.”

The priests renew their vow of obedience to the archbishop and their commitment to serve God’s people, while the entire assembly is called to renew their baptismal promises.

The renewal of priestly promises as found in the Missal:

Bishop: Beloved sons, on the anniversary of that day when Christ our Lord conferred his priesthood on his Apostles and on us, are you resolved to renew, in the presence of your Bishop and God’s holy people, the promises you once made?

Priests: I am.

Bishop: Are you resolved to be more united with the Lord Jesus and more closely conformed to him, denying yourselves and confirming those promises about sacred duties towards Christ’s Church which, prompted by love of him, you willingly and joyfully pledged on the day of your priestly ordination?

Priests: I am.

Bishop: Are you resolved to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God in the Holy Eucharist and the other liturgical rites and to discharge faithfully the sacred office of teaching, following Christ the Head and Shepherd, not seeking any gain, but moved only by zeal for souls?

Priests: I am.


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