Oils for the Sacramental Life blessed for the Easter Season and the months to follow. Priests. Priests renew their promises as they join the Bishop as Chief Shepherd of the local Church. It’s the largest gathering of the presbyterate and faithful in the year. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated this afternoon in the Archdiocese of San Francisco!

The Mass takes its name from the most prominent oil of the three. The OIL OF THE SICK is used for those who need the anointing and the OIL OF CATECHUMENS are used for those preparing for baptism. Yet, these oils are only blessed while the OIL OF CHRISM is consecrated. The OIL OF CHRISM is used for the ordination of priests, bishops and the consecration of a new Church of altar.

Pray for our Bishops and priests that they may continue to shepherd God’s people in Truth here in the Archdiocese.

Father Juan Lopez gives Holy Communion at Saint Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, San Francisco.

Baroness de Hueck Doherty

A priest is a lover of God.  A priest is a lover of men.
A priest is a holy man because he walks before the Face of the All Holy.
A priest understands all things.
A priest forgives all things.
A priest encompasses all things.

The heart of a priest, like Christ’s, is pierced with the lance of  love.
The heart of a priest is open, like Christ’s, for the whole world to walk through.
The heart of a priest is a vessel of compassion.
The heart of a priest is a chalice of love.
The heart of a priest is the trysting place of human and divine love.

A priest is a man whose goal is to be another Christ.
A priest is a man who lives to serve.
A priest is a man who has crucified himself, so that he too may be lifted up and draw all
              things to Christ.
A priest is a man in love with God.
A priest is the gift of God to man, and of man to God.
A priest is a symbol of the Word made flesh.
A priest is the naked sword of God’s justice.
A priest is the hand of God’s mercy.
A priest is the reflection of God’s love.

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