Chrism Mass

St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary, Alberta

The last verse of the Marty Haugen hymn, All Are Welcome, will be written on to the wall of The Tree of Life.  The Chrism Mass was exceptionally beautiful, the recommitment of our Priests and the blessing of the Holy Oils.  It was a wonderful Mass, where attendees gave their responses with enthusiasm.  I was so excited to be a small part in this wondrous celebration of the Body of Christ.  I hope I can carry that with me through this day, one that has been reeked with one problem after another.  And it is ONLY 9:00 a.m. 

Let us build a house where all are named,
Their songs and visions heard.
And loved and treasured, taught and claimed
As words within the Word.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
Rock of faith and vault of tears and cries and laughter,
Prayers of faith and songs of grace,
Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter;
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

Palm Sunday

The Faithful Recall the Passion of Our Lord

Palm Sunday, we begin with such celebration as we recall the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.  Quickly though, we enter into the solemnity of this Mass, as we hear the reading of our Lord’s Passion, a reading that brings chills to me whether I read it silently to myself or hear it delivered as a Reader’s Theater as it was shared today.  I have been graced by a profound Lenten journey this year and now I prepare myself spiritually for the anniversary of the Washing of the Feet and special recollection of Holy Orders, the Veneration of the Cross,  time spent in the garden with Jesus, the Holy Stations of the Cross, the Holy Sacrifice through our Lord’s Crucifixion and finally, the Baptism of the Catechumens, the Rite of Initiation for the Elect and Catechumens, the renewal of marriage vows and the sharing and celebration of the Easter Resurrection.  It is such a beautiful journey…full of heart ache and of celebration.  I am grateful and filled with anticipation!

Tomorrow evening we join the Bishop at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Chrism Mass.

The Holy Oils are removed from the cabinet, in order that they be replenished during the Chrism Mass tomorrow evening.

Writing is a struggle against silence. Carlos Fuentes