U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Publishes Revised Translation of the Rite for Blessing the Holy Oils
from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
WASHINGTONâ€”The publishing division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has recently made available a revised translation of the rite for blessing the holy oils, entitled the Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism.
The book is used at the Chrism Mass, which is one of the highlights of the year in a diocese, normally held on Holy Thursday morning or on an earlier day of Holy Week. At that Mass the bishop, surrounded by a great number of clergy, religious, and faithful, blesses new holy oils for the coming year. The oils will be used for various ceremonies, such as for the preparation and celebration of baptism and for the celebration of the sacraments of confirmation, holy orders, and the anointing of the sick. They are used in some of the most majestic Catholic ceremonies, such as the dedication of a new church, and also in some of the simplest, like an anointing in a hospital room.
â€śUSCCB Publications has produced an attractive book that is worthy of a ceremony as important as the Chrism Mass. The use of the holy oils is a striking part of the Churchâ€™s prayer in various moments of a personâ€™s life and in important moments in the life of a parish,â€ť explains Father Andrew Menke, executive director of the USCCBâ€™s Secretariat of Divine Worship. â€śAll of these ceremonies throughout the diocese are linked together through those oils blessed by the bishop.â€ť
The Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism is intended primarily for bishops in the United States and for their diocesan worship offices, but will also be a useful reference for seminaries, theological libraries, and for those interested in the Roman liturgy. It may be ordered online.
Additional books and resources pertaining to marriage and family life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Vatican, ministry and more can be found by visiting the USCCBâ€™s online bookstore at https://store.usccb.org. â€˘