One of the great blessings of being closely connected to the Cathedral is the ability to participate in the major Diocesan liturgies. The Chrism Mass is one of the most beautiful celebrations of the year. Traditionally celebrated on the morning of Holy Thursday, but transferred to allow the presbyterate and the people to gather around the Bishop, the entire Mass emphasizes the splendor of the holy priesthood and the duties of the priest to the people of God (and our duties toward our priests!).
The Preface of the Mass affirms:
"For Christ not only adorns with a royal priesthood the people he has made his own, but with a brother's kindness he also chooses men to become sharers in his sacred ministry through the laying on of hands.
"They are to renew in his name the sacrifice of human redemption, to set before your children the paschal banquet, to lead you holy people in charity, to nourish them with the word and strengthen them with the Sacraments.
"As they give up their lives for you and for the salvation of their brothers and sisters, they strive to be conformed to the image of Christ himself and offer you a constant witness of faith and love..."
O Mary, Queen of the Clergy,
pray for us, obtain for us many and holy priests.