Mass for Blessing of the Oils 2016

At evening mass on Monday during Holy Week, St. Olav parish celebrated the mass for blessing of the oils. During this mass, the three oils which will be used by the Church in the coming year are consecrated by the bishop; Chrisma, oil for anointing the sick and oil for anointing converts to the Church. This mass is also a gathering of all the priests in the diocese, where they formally restate their vows. Bishop Bernt and thirteen priests were present, and the parishoners turned out in numbers almost equal to an ordinary Sunday.

The oils are carried in

Bishop, Parish Priest and Vicar General around the altar

The priests of the diocese repeat their vowes

Elevation of the Host

The oil receptacle of p.Dominic at St. Torfinn in Levanger

The mass for consecrating - or blessing - of the oils, shall when possible be celebrated on Holy Thursday, but as Bishop Bernt commented in his homily:"Those who wrote the rubrics did not know of the geography of the Trondheim Diocese." If all the priests should visit Trondheim on Holy Thursday, what would then happen to the Holy Thursday masses around in the diocese?

The blessing of the oils is deeply moving mass. This is the only time during the year when we see all the priests in the diocese gathered together and consider them especially. They are God's workers, on weekdays as on holy days, in joy and in sorrow. They have renounced family and an ordinary life to celebrate mass and be there for the faithful when they are needed. They are extremely busy men, often lonely, but seldom alone. The bishop calls on us to pray for them, for, as he said: "Without our prayers their task will be impossible." The bishop's homily was especially directed towards the priests. He reminded them that we are in the Holy Year of Mercy, and that they must show mercy, not only in words, but in the way they act in their daily duties. Finally he reminded them that the meaning of their work is not to make themselves joyful, but to make God joyful. 

The oils are carried in procession to the altar at the beginning of mass and placed on a small table. The consecration takes place towards the end of mass, and then they are carried out, again in procession. The priests can then fill their oil repositories and bring them home to their parishes in the diocese. Our Parish Priest Egil Mogstad informs us that this year's Chrisma oil will serve a very special need; it is this oil which will be used to consecrate the altar in the new Cathedral when it is ready in the autumn.