Holy Week in Chartres (3): The Blessing of the Oils

Anointing with oil, one way of affirming the connection between humanity and the Divine during important moments, is an ancient practice. I want to appreciate every gift that God has given, including the gift of my body as a sacred vessel.

My Prayer:

For the gift of connecting with You with both my mind and my body, I am grateful.

The Chrismal Mass by Jill K H Geoffrion
The three oils used by the church with rose perfume that is added to the Chrism Oil during the benediction of the oils

Scriptural Touchstone: 

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14 (NRSV)

the Chrismal Mass by Jill K H Geoffrion
Th blessing of the oils to be used by the church for the next year

Invitation To Pray:

As you think of the gift of your body and all that Christ suffered in His, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.

Photos: The Chrismal Mass on Holy Tuesday at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Charisma Mass
Chrismal Mass

Other posts in this series:

Holy Week in Chartres (1): Palm Sunday
Holy Week in Chartres (2): Mary Prepares Jesus for His Death

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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