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Chrism Mass (Maundy Thursday)

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CHRISM MASS (Maundy Thursday) | March 29, 2018)

CHRISM MASS at the Manila Cathedral
► Maundy Thursday | 6:30am | Manila Cathedral

(Washing of the Feet)
► Maundy Thursday | 5:00pm
| UST Plaza Mayor (in front of the UST Main Building)

VIGIL | Santísimo Rosario Parish Church
► Maundy Thursday | 7:00pm – 12:00mn | UST Parish Church

CONFESSION | Santísimo Rosario Parish Church
► Maundy Thursday | 7:00am–12:00nn • 1:30–4:30pm • 7:00pm–11:00pm


The blessing of oil is very ancient. There is documented evidence of this liturgy from the fourth century, but it is certainly of earlier origin. Today, the People of God, bishops, priests, deacons and the lay faithful, assemble on Maundy Thursday at the Manila Cathedral for the Chrism Mass with the main celebrant the Archbishop of Manila, His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD.

As Maundy Thursday is the day on which both the Mass and the priesthood were instituted, Pope Paul VI introduced the renewal of the priestly commitment into the liturgy. This is followed by the blessing of oils and the consecration of Chrism.

The Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens are plain olive oil – the Oil of Chrism is perfumed with balsam.

The Oil of the Sick is brought to the sanctuary. The Cardinal blesses this oil praying: ‘May your blessing come upon all who are anointed with this oil, that they may be freed from pain and illness and made well again in body, mind and soul’.

Then the Oil of Catechumens is brought by some of those who are to be baptized at Easter. The Cardinal blesses this oil praying that God will ‘give wisdom and strength to all who are anointed with it in preparation for their baptism’.

Then, the Oil of Chrism. The Cardinal breathes on this oil to invoke the Holy Spirit and consecrates it praying: ‘make this mixture of oil and perfume a sign and source of your blessing. Pour out the gifts of your Holy Spirit on our brothers and sisters who will be anointed with it. Let the splendor of holiness shine on the world from every place and thing signed by this oil’.