WASHINGTON, D.C.—Sacred oils for sacramental and ecclesiastical use over the coming year on U.S. military sites the world over—and in the nation’s VA Medical Centers—were blessed and consecrated Monday evening at the annual Chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). During the Mass, Catholic military chaplains and priests in service to the Archdiocese also renewed their ministerial commitment.
Vested in white, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., raised hands over the silver-colored urns at the foot of the altar in the main chapel of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. His Excellency blessed the Oil of the Catachumens and the Oil of the Sick; and he mixed balsam with oil forming the “chrism” to be used at baptism, breathing over the mixture as part of the consecration rite.
More than two dozen priests and U.S. Military Chaplains joined Auxiliary Bishops F. Richard Spencer and Neal J. Buckon in concelebrating. They included the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Monsignor John J.M. Foster, J.C.D.; the Chancellor, Father Robert Cannon, MA, JCL; the Judicial Vicar, Father Christopher Armstrong, J.C.D.; and the Vocations Director, Father Aidan Logan, O.C.S.O. Deacon Joe Pak and Transitional Deacon Jay Horning, Co-sponsored seminarian of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., assisted at the altar. Other co-sponsored seminarians served the Mass.
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