Every year during holy week, Mother of God Church holds the Chrism Mass, which is celebrated by Bishop Francis Kalabat. This year was no different! The Mass was celebrated on March 26, whereby His Excellency blessed the holy oils used for various sacraments in all parishes within the diocese. The Mass was also for all our diocesan clergy to renew their priestly vows. 

Each oil that was blessed by the Bishop holds a distinct purpose within the sacramental life of the Church. The Oil of the Sick is used in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, providing comfort and strength to those who are ill or suffering. The Oil of Catechumens is used in the Sacrament of Baptism, symbolizing purification and preparation for the journey of faith. Finally, the Holy Chrism, a mixture of olive oil and balsam, is used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders, signifying the seal of the Holy Spirit and the consecration of individuals to their respective ministries.

Moreover, the Chrism Mass serves as a moment for priests to reaffirm their commitment to their calling. It allows them to renew their vows that were made during their ordination. 

Let us pray that the Lord continues to watch over our diocese and bless all our clergy as they administer the different sacraments for the healing and spiritual growth of all. 

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