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Chrism Mass Blessing of Oils on June 19

Updated: Jun 17, 2020


UPDATE AS OF JUNE 17, 2020: The celebration of the Chrism Mass for the Archdiocese of Manila will push through on June 19 at the Manila Cathedral at 9:00 a.m. but for the BLESSING OF OILS ONLY.

Due to the declaration of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) that the National Capital Region will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), only the members of the Board of Consultors and the Vicars Forane will attend the Chrism Mass.

Meanwhile, the Holy Oils for the parishes will be given to the vicars forance after the Mass. The vicars forane will in turn distribute the Holy Oils to the parishes in their vicariate.

According to Fr. Reginald Malicdem, vicars forane who would be unable to attend may send a representative.

Meanwhile, all the priests may join in the celebration spiritually. It will be aired on TV Maria and also live on

The renewal of priestly promises will be held instead on August 4, which is Clergy Day.


June 4, 2020

The celebration of the Chrism Mass for the Archdiocese of Manila will finally push through on June 19, 2020, Friday, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus although this will only be limited to the blessing of the holy oils.

The renewal of priestly promises will be done on August 4, Clergy Day.

The Chrism Mass, where priests renew their vows, is usually celebrated on Holy Thursday however this year it could not be celebrated on the said date due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila.

However, there are still some limitations.

According to Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila, it will yet be announced who can attend the Chrism Mass as the number of participants will depend on the quarantine classification on that date that the Philippine government Inter-Agency Task Force has yet to identify and declare.

The renewal of priestly promises will also have to be held on another date - August 4, 2020, Tuesday - the Feast of St John Marie Vianney, at 9:00 in the morning, when all priests also gather for Clergy Day.

The Chrism Mass is one of the most solemn and important liturgies of the liturgical year, usually held on the morning of Holy Thursday as the Mass is a celebration of the institution of the priesthood with Jesus' words at the Last Supper, "Do this in memory of me" and where priests reaffirm their ministry by renewing the promises made at their ordination. The Mass takes its name from the blessing of the holy oils used in the sacraments throughout the year, which are then given to priests/ministers to take back to their parishes.

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