“There can be no Eucharist without the priesthood, just as there can be no priesthood without the Eucharist,” said Archbishop Nicholas Chia during the Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday, April 5.
“Priests in love with the Eucharist are capable of instilling in the faithful a deep appreciation and love for the Eucharist,” he told diocesan and Religious priests at the Mass.
The annual Chrism Mass, usually held on Maundy Thursday worldwide, signifies the unity of the priests with their bishop and is an expression of the fullness of the bishop’s priesthood.
This year, the local celebration was held at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In his homily, Archbishop Chia urged his priests to become more holy, more joyful and more impassioned in leading their ministries so as to increase priestly vocations.
The priests later renewed their priestly vows.
During the Mass, Archbishop Chia blessed the Oil of the Sick; the Oil of Catechumens, used for their initiation; and consecrated the Chrism, used for Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.
By Martin See