This Thursday, we will celebrate the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral in Cheyenne. For generations, the Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Cheyenne has been held in Casper, due to the more central location. However, as the Chrism Mass is a celebration manifesting in a unique and beautiful way the unity of the Church, it seems fitting to bring this Mass once again to the Cathedral, which is the church of the Bishop, they symbol of unity in every diocese.
The Mass will begin at 5:15 in the Cathedral. All are welcome! All are invited! If you have never attended a Chrism Mass, do yourself a favor – Come and celebrate!
“This Mass, which the bishop concelebrates with his college of presbyters (priests) and at which he consecrates the holy chrism and blesses the other oils, manifests the communion of the presbyters with their bishop.
The holy chrism consecrated by the bishop is used to anoint the newly baptized, to seal the candidates for confirmation, and to anoint the hands of presbyters and the heads of bishops at their ordination, as well as in the rites of anointing pertaining to the dedication of the churches and altars. The oil of catechumens is used in the preparation of the catechumens for their baptism. The oil of the sick is used to bring comfort and support to the sick in their infirmity.
Presbyters are brought together and concelebrate this Mass as witnesses and cooperators with their bishop in the consecration of the chrism because they share in the sacred office of the bishop in building up, sanctifying, and ruling the people of God. This Mass is therefore a clear expression of the unity of the priesthood and sacrifice of Christ, which continue to be present in the Church.
To show the unity of the college of presbyters, the presbyters who concelebrate with the bishop should come from different parts of the diocese.” (Ceremonial of Bishops #274)0