The Archdiocese of Manila will hold the Chrism Mass on Friday, June 19, Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Traditionally held on Holy Thursday of the Holy week, the Chrism Mass was earlier postponed after the government declared a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the Chrism Mass, which is one of the most solemn and important liturgies of the liturgical year, priests gather as a sign of unity with the bishop and brotherhood among the clergy.
It is also during this Mass that the chrism oil and the oil of the sick are blessed.
Father Reginald Malicdem, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila, said the Chrism Mass will be held at 9 a.m. at the Manila Cathedral with limited participation.
“Only the members of the Board of Consultors and the Vicars Forane will attend the Chrism Mass,” he said in a circular dated June 16.
“We ask all the priests in the archdiocese to join the celebration through live streaming that will be provided by TV Maria,” said the priest.
He said the Holy Oils for the parishes will be given to the vicars forane after the Mass.
“We request our vicars forane to distribute them to the parishes in their vicariate. Vicars forane who will not be able to attend may send a representative,” Father Malicdem said.
The renewal of priestly promises, which usually happens during the Chrism Mass, will be held on August 4, Feast of St. John Mary Vianney with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist also at the Manila Cathedral.