(Above) Priests of the archdiocese gather with Archbishop Nicholas Chia to celebrate the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday Apr 1 at Church of St. Bernadette. (Right) Archbishop Nicholas Chia blesses the oil of catechumens which is used in preparing adult and infants for baptisms. Blessed too were the oil for the sick and the sacred oil of chrism. The former is used to anoint those who seek healing and wholeness while the latter is used for the post-baptismal anointing, confirmation, ordination of priests and consecration of altars. The three oils are basically olive oil but balsam or oils of flowers are added to the sacred chrism which fills the air with the scent of sweet perfume.
Photos by Mirlani Budisetia

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