KUALA LUMPUR – Below are the details of the Chrism Masses to be celebrated in all the Arch/Dioceses of Malaysia:
Mar 20 : Church of the Risen Christ, Air Itam (Penang Diocese) at 8.00pm
Mar 21 : Sacred Heart Cathedral (Sibu Diocese) at 7.15pm
St Ignatius Church (KL Archdiocese) at 7.30pm
St Joseph’s Cathedral (Miri Diocese) at 7.30pm
Church of the Immaculate Conception (Malacca Johore Diocese) at 8.00pm
Mar 22 : Sacred Heart Cathedral (Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese) at 7.30pm
Mar 23 : St Mary’s Cathedral (Sandakan Diocese) at 7.30pm
Mar 27 : Cathedral of St Francis Xavier (Keningau Diocese) at 6.00pm
Mar 28 : St Joseph’s Cathedral (Kuching Archdiocese) at 7.30pm
Traditionally held on Holy Thursday morning (in some dioceses it may be on any day), the bishop, joined by the priests of the diocese, gather at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass.
This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their Bishop.
Here, the bishop blesses three oils — the Oil of Catechumens (oleum catechumenorum or oleum sanctorum), the Oil of the Sick (oleum infirmorum) and Holy Chrism (sacrum chrisma) — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year. Whenever the Holy Oils are used in a diocese, the ministry of the Bishop, who consecrated them, is symbolically present. – Herald Malaysia