Cerebration of Chrism Mass in Jos: Archbishop Kaigama urges Christians to pray for priests
Priests have been urged to always remain focused, no matter the temptation they go through in preaching the truth.
The President of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, Most Rev Dr Ignatius Kaigama, urged Priests at the Chrism Mass held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Jos, on Thursday.
According to him, “We were ordained for teaching the lay people to know the difference between evil and good, and we should concentrate on what we were ordained for,” he said.
He called on the lay people to always pray for the Priests, and also urged them to always attend Masses every day, especially Sunday Masses, and go for confession because it is the sacrament of reconciliation with God.
Archbishop Kaigama pointed out that, Chrism Mass usually takes place on Holy Thursday with the blessing of Oil of Catechumens, Oil of the Sick and the Chrism Oil, which are plain Olive Oil that is perfumed with Balsam.
He explained further that, the oil of the sick is usually brought to the sanctuary by members of the medical profession; the oil of catechumens is brought by some of those who are to be baptised at Easter, while the oil of Chrism is being brought by representatives of those to be confirmed and ordained.
Under normal circumstances, Chrism is consecrated by the bishop of a particular church in the presence of the presbyterium at the Mass on Thursday of the Holy Week; but because of the activities of Thursday, this arrangement had been shifted to Tuesday within the Holy Week.
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday with the greatest ‘tragedy’ of the year (betrayal and trial of Christ). “Jesus’ Triumphant Return” (on Palm Sunday) is a week preceding Easter, which is also the final week of Lent.
The Week ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter; this include Holy Thursday (which is also known as Maundy Thursday) and Good Friday, which together with Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum, and this is the most sacred time of the year for Christians. It is the time to mark the betrayal and trial of Christ. It is also a day when all dioceses and parishes bring gifts and donate to the Archbishops or the bishops to help the poor in the society, including prison inmates.