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450 Priests Attend Chrism Mass at Nyamitanga :: Uganda Radionetwork

450 Priests Attend Chrism Mass at Nyamitanga

The Archbishop reminded the priests and other religious people that are sent because they are anointed to go and reach out and be of service despite distances involved.
The Archbishop Lamber Beinmugisha leading a procession of Priests to celebrate the Chrism Mass at Nyamitanga the seat of the Archdiocese of Mbarara
Over 400 priests have attended the celebration of the Chrism Mass of the Holy Thursday liturgy at our Lady of Perpetual Help Nyamitanga as the Archdiocese of Mbarara Archbishop His Grace Lambert Bainomugisha asked for more priests.

The Priests were drawn from different congregations of, Comboni Missionaries, Franciscans Friars Minor, Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) Montfort Missionaries, Apostles of Jesus, Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga (Bannakaroli Bros.), Congregation of the Kkottongnae Brothers of Jesus, and Blessed Sacrament Fathers, among others.

The Archbishop said in the Mass they were also praying for the priests who had died from the past years noting that the Church needed more priests to preach the Gospel.

He said the latest priest to die was Rev. Fr Ambrosio Joseph of the Comboni Missionaries who came to Uganda in 1965 and served in Kabale, Mbarara and in Northern Uganda.

During the Chrism Mass led by the Archbishop, all the priests renewed their priestly vows, in unity with the Archbishop.

His Grace Bainomugisha said that priests are anointed by the Lord and then sent to reach out and serve despite the distance.

He urged them to persevere through all life's circumstances at work, as the Lord who sent them has covered them with His grace.

During the Chrism Mass, the Archbishop blessed new oils for every parish which the Church will use throughout the year.

The Archbishop blessed three holy oils, the oil of the sick, the oil of the catechumens, and the holy chrism oil.

Fr Charles Mutabaruka, the Diocesan media relations officer at Archdiocese of Mbarara explained that the first two oils are blessed, while the Archbishop consecrates the third, ordinarily during the annual Chrism Mass.

Mutabaruka narrates that each oil has a purpose in the Church noting that the oil of the sick, which is pure olive oil, is used for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, and the oil of catechumens, which is also pure olive oil, is used before baptism on both adults and infants, while the third oil, holy chrism oil, is olive oil mixed with balsam.

He says the holy chrism oil symbolizes strength, and the fragrant balsam represents the “aroma of Christ” and it is used for Confirmations, Ordinations, blessing of churches and altars in church.