Pardon the photo quality. I was seated waaay back.
A view of the crowd before Mass began.
We have only about 30 priests in this diocese. Seen here is the newly ordained deacon, Stanley.
Part of the priests who attended. (Mark from Ireland, if you would care to name them, it would spare me the trouble.)
The Church is in a rural area and is very simple.
The priests, trying their darndest to keep awake and look interested.
3 priests were chosen to process the oils in, covered by veils with their proper colours. Green for the oil of the catechumens, purple for the oil of the sick and gold for the Sacred Chrism.
The oils were then processed back to the place of reposition, to be distributed to the priests to be taken back to their parishes.
The collection was taken by charmingly dressed ladies wearing sarees, traditional Indian costumes.
The Roman Canon was used. During the Eucharistic Prayer, the servers knelt before the altar, incensing the Host.
The distribution of Holy Communion took a while as the crowd was quite big.
The seminarians, in cassocks.
After the post-Communion prayer was recited, a presentation to honour our priests was played to the soundtrack of Pope John Paul's Abba Pater during which he sang the Pater Noster. I was told only the Bishop and another old priest from China, Fr. Chao, sang along. A pity. [BTW, the presentation was prepared by your humble scribe.]
The catechism children the approached the priests to give them special appreciation cards prepared by the children.
Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, just recently blessed. Click to open a new window.
Altogether, it was a great day, to celebrate with our priests and appreciate them on their very own day. I haven't attended Chrism Mass in 2 years since they were always held away from the Cathedral in Penang, in St. Michael's Ipoh last year, and I think St. Michael's Alor Star the year before. It was good to experience it again.
How was your Chrism Mass? Did you attend? Was it on Holy Thursday morning? Do tell.