Seventh graders attend Chrism Mass

The annual Chrism Mass of the Diocese of Biloxi was celebrated on Tuesday. This year, the seventh grade class was given the opportunity to attend the mass along with Mr. Creel and Mr. Hawkins. In their daily religious instruction, the seventh grade class is learning about the Chrism Mass and attending the incredible mass added on to their learning experience.

Every Catholic diocese celebrates a Chrism Mass some day during holy week. Bishop Roger Morin was the main celebrant of the special Mass, however, over fifty priests from the Diocese of Biloxi were able to join Bishop Morin at the Nativity Cathedral to celebrate the Mass. The Chrism Mass is the largest gathering of priests of the Diocese of Biloxi all year. There were also deacons and seminarians who were able to attend the mass.  The seventh graders were given front row seats at the mass and were recognized during the mass by Bishop Morin.  After mass, the grade ate a picnic-style lunch together outside and while they were eating, a few priests and seminarians visited and talked with the students.

What makes a Chrism Mass different from any other mass? Basically, the Chrism Mass is a seemingly normal Mass but it also includes the consecration of the the Oil for the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens, and the Oil of Chrism.  This is important because these very oils which are consecrated at this Mass are the same oils which will be used throughout the Diocese to administer the sacraments.  The Oil for the Sick is used for those who are seriously ill and in the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The Oil of Catechumens is used when baptizing and confirming someone into the church at the same time. The Oil of Chrism, also known as the Holy Chrism, is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Orders, and Confirmation. The eleventh graders are studying about the Holy Chrism as they prepare for confirmation.

Story by J.R. Riojas