The Chrismal Mass on Tuesday evening incorporates three important elements: the blessing of the sacramental oils for the next year,

the rededication of the clergy to continued service,

and communion.

As we move with Jesus towards his Passion and our own suffering, each part of the service communicates the wide, deep, full love of God.

My Prayer

Lover of us all, help me to see the deeper meaning of seemingly simple acts. Help me to perceive the Love that connects everything.

Invitation to Prayer

Oils and communion elements

How is God’s love reaching you, even touching you, during this time of separation and even isolation? How is your heart longing to respond?

Scriptural Touchstone

« As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. »  Jesus, John 15:9 NRSV


All images were taken during Chrismal masses in the Chartres Cathedral during the past decade.

To Understand the Images Better:

Jesus’s face in the Passion Window as he predicts his death to his disciples (1145-55)

Holy Week Posts 2020:

Palm Sunday (Remembered)

Posts from recent blogs:
Images of Death in Chartres Cathedral

Life and Death
Talking about Death
Hanging On Before Letting Go
Considering Our Lives
Possibilities in Times of Grief

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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