June 26, 2020

Chrism Mass to be celebrated on June 29, will be livestreamed

Joined by several priests serving in the archdiocese, Archbishop Charles C. Thompson blesses chrism oil during the annual chrism Mass on April 16, 2019, in SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Assisting in the liturgy are then-transitional Deacon Vincent Gillmore, second from left, and seminarian Justin Horner. (File photo by Sean Gallagher)

Joined by several priests serving in the archdiocese, Archbishop Charles C. Thompson blesses chrism oil during the annual chrism Mass on April 16, 2019, in SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Assisting in the liturgy are then-transitional Deacon Vincent Gillmore, second from left, and seminarian Justin Horner. (File photo by Sean Gallagher)

The annual archdiocesan chrism Mass has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. on June 29 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. The date is the Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul, the patronal feast of the cathedral and the ninth anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, the principal celebrant of the liturgy.

Originally scheduled for April 7, the Tuesday of Holy Week, the chrism Mass was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Because of continued necessary social distancing measures to slow the spread of the virus, seating in the cathedral for the liturgy will be by invitation only and will be limited to priests, parish life coordinators and a small representative group of deacons, seminarians, religious and lay Catholics from across central and southern Indiana.

A livestream of the chrism Mass will be available at www.archindy.org/streaming.

During this annual liturgy, ordinarily celebrated during Holy Week, priests renew their ordination promises. Also, oils used throughout the archdiocese to celebrate certain sacraments and to dedicate churches and altars are blessed during the Mass. †

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