The Catholic Diocese of Kitui celebrated the Chrism mass at a colorful ceremony at Our Lady of Africa Cathedral, Kitui on 25/11/2020. The ceremony was presided over by the Rt. Rev. Joseph Mwongela, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui. Traditionally, Chrism Mass takes place on Holy Thursday but this year due to Covid 19 pandemic, it was postponed by KCCB to a later date.
In his homily, the bishop urged the priests to be always there for the faithful so that through their actions so that they may receive the holy spirit. He also reminded that in order to bring and proclaim good news to all the people they must respect the sacraments, the Holy oils and the priestly ministry. “Let the people whom you are serving experience the presence of God and liberty and oppression.” He added
The bishop advised the faithful to try their best and embrace the sacraments of healing. “Once you get the opportunity, to access the sacrament of healing, please follow the MoH set guidelines on Covid 19.” He requested.
Speaking during the same occasion, Rev. Fr. Mark Musyoka who spoke on behalf of KEDPA chairman, urged the priests to value the solid being of priesthood. “Let us celebrate our call and have solidarity.” He said
During this mass, the priests renewed the vows they made during their ordination.
The bishop announced to the faithful that, the official opening of Museve Shrine will be on 25th March 2021.
THE BLESSING AND CONSECRATION OF OILS
- Oil of the Sick
Used in Sacrament of the Sick to bring the strengthening and healing power of Christ, who is at work in the Church by the action of the Holy Spirit.
- Oil of Catechumens
The Oil of Catechumens is used at Baptism, to strengthen (with wisdom and courage to live the Gospel) and purify candidates (from original sin) before baptizing with water. “Let us celebrate our call and have solidarity.” He said
- Holy Chrism
The Oil of Chrism is a sign of fullness of grace and spiritual strength; it consecrates and enables us to live out the call to follow Jesus the Christ (the anointed one) as baptized/confirmed/ordained Christians.
- Use at Baptism:Right after the actual baptism with water, the priest anoints the candidate on the crown of the head with Chrism saying: “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin and given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of His body, sharing everlasting life. Amen.”
- Use at Confirmation: In the Sacrament of confirmation, the bishop anoints the forehead of the candidate with chrism saying, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
- Use in Holy Orders: When a man is being ordained to the priesthood his hands are anointed with the oil of chrism; and when a priest is being consecrated a bishop his head is anointed by the consecrating bishop with chrism.
- Other Uses of Holy Chrism: Holy Chrism is also used in the dedication ceremony of a church. Here, the bishop anoints the altar, pouring holy chrism on the middle of the altar and on each of its four corners. It is recommended that the bishop anoint the entire altar. After anointing the altar, he anoints the walls of the Church in 12 or fourteen places marked by crosses. It is also used to anoint the new bell of church.