Archbishop to bless sacramental oils in evening celebration at National Shrine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA (AMS), will celebrate the annual Chrism Mass tonight at 6 p.m. in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, Washington, D.C.
The Chrism Mass is held once a year to bless the oils that will be used for baptism, confirmation, and the anointing of the sick throughout the coming year at military installations, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and other locations served by the AMS around the world. The Oil of Catechumens and Oil of the Sick will be blessed; the Sacred Chrism which is used for Confirmation and Ordinations will be consecrated
Concelebrating the Mass with Archbishop Broglio will be Auxiliary Bishops Richard Higgins, F. Richard Spencer and Neal Buckon, along with priests of the Archdiocese who will renew their priestly commitment.
The Chrism Mass is open to the public.