YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One of the most solemn rituals of the Catholic church was celebrated Tuesday in Youngstown — the annual Chrism Mass.
Priests and parishioners from across the six-county Youngstown diocese gathered at St. Columba Cathedral.
It’s one of the largest gatherings of priests every year.
The mass is held in Youngstown on Holy Tuesday — the Tuesday before Easter — every year.
“This is a new beginning, with the blessing of the oils that will be used for the coming year and all the sacraments — baptism, confirmation, holy orders, the dedication of a new church, also the renewal of priestly vows during this holy time,” said Monsignor Robert Siffrin.
Priests also renew their vows during the holy season. The priests then take the oils back to their parishes as a sign of unity with the diocese and the bishop.