Bishop John Barres was the principal celebrant and homilist at the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 29, at St. Agnes Cathedral. During the liturgy, Bishop Barres prayed over and blessed the holy oils that will be used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders and the anointing of the sick.
The Chrism Mass is traditionally celebrated on the morning of Holy Thursday, the day Jesus shared his priesthood with the apostles. In commemoration of this, Bishop Barres led his auxiliary bishops and the diocesan priests in attendance in a renewal of their priestly promises.
Bishop Robert Coyle, the diocese’s newest auxiliary bishop, was formally welcomed during the service, as were the five men who were ordained for diocesan service last year: Fathers Michael Bissex, Liam McDonald, Michael Plona, Christopher Sullivan and John Wachowicz.
Father Nestor Watin, a newly incardinated priest of the diocese, was also acknowledged at the Mass.
Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
Father Nicholas Zientarski, director of the Office of Worship, leads the opening procession.
Deacon process toward the sanctuary.
Priests enter the sanctuary.
Bishop John Barres delivers his homily.
Msgr. Richard Marchese, secretary to the papal nuncio to the U.S., reads the decree of appointment of Auxiliary Bishop Robert Coyle.
Bishop Coyle, center, smiles as he is acknowledged by the congregation.
Fathers Michael Bissex, left, Liam McDonald and Michael Plona are acknowledged by the congregation.
Priests renew their priestly vows.
The holy oils are presented to Bishop Barres.
Bishop Barres prays over the oils.
Bishop Barres pours sweet balsam into the chrism.
Members of the choir sing.
Bishop Barres and Deacon Arthur Candido elevate the Eucharist.
Rosemary Sullivan receives Communion from Deacon Jay Valdes.
Seminarian Dennis Gannon bows his head in prayer.
Deacons carry the holy oils to the ambry.
Bishop Barres imparts the final blessing.
Priests process at the end of Mass.
Bishop Barres poses with retired Bishops Emil Wcela, left, and William Murphy, and Auxiliary Bishops Robert Coyle, Robert Brennan and Andrzej Zglejszewski.
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