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Chrism Mass - Archdiocese of Vaduz

As mentioned by us last Saturday, the Chrism Mass was celebrated according to the 1961-1962 liturgical books of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Vaduz (Liechtenstein). Pictures below, provided by the (CyR) Ceremonia y Rúbrica de la Iglesia Española forum (tip: New Liturgical Movement).

Naturally, another bishop also celebrated the Chrism Mass in the same way, as every year, Bp. Fernando Rifan, Apostolic Administrator of the A.A. Saint John Mary Vianney, in Campos, Brazil.





17 comments:

sam said...

Deo Gratias!

Jacob said...

How is the ceremony done? I see priests dresssed for mass and it looks like they kiss the oils. Of course few of us have seen this in the last 40 year nightmare we have been in.

The Rad Trad said...

I presume they used the 1962 chrism Mass instead of the Mandy Thursday Mass?

Perhaps someone might also be able to tell us why priests and deacons are in full regalia?

RipK said...

This is divine. Felt like the gates opened and for a second we took a peek of paradise.

Liturgical Commentator said...

Rad Trad:

In both the traditional Maundy Thursday episcopal Mass and in the 1956/62 Chrism Mass, the celebrating bishop is assisted in the blessing of the chrism by 12 priests, 7 deacons (not counting his usual ministers), and 7 subdeacons in their "full regalia".

Mark of the Vineyard said...

Does anyone know if it was filmed?

dan jaquez said...

Interesting. It makes one sad that a Chrism Mass is so poorly attended, nearly half the Church empty.

Matt said...

Beautiful... and sadly so rare, but at least it took place. How very wonderful. Wow.

Matt said...

The Rad Trad asked,
I presume they used the 1962 chrism Mass instead of the Mandy Thursday Mass?"


Yes, the Chrism Mass is an entirely separate Mass from Holy Thursday.

Bao D. said...

So beautiful!
Where sin abounds grace abounds further!

Prof. Basto said...

The 1962 Missal Chrism Mass uses the rite found in the Pontifical for the confection of the Chrism and other oils (I mean, the rite found in the Benedict XIV/Leo XIII Pontifical), or was the rite for the blessing and consecration of Oils revised when a Chrism Mass separate from the Mass of the Lord's Supper was created in 1955? If the Pontifical is followed, was the rite revised when the Pontifical was amended in 1961?

Jan said...

Beautiful - tradition continues on! Thank you for posting this.

The Rad Trad said...

Matt,

Thank you for your answer. I know a Chrism Mass was written after the Holy Week revisions of 1956. I asked because I did not know if this was strictly a Chrism Mass or if the bishop carried out any other Mandy Thursday related duties (foot washing, Blessed Sacrament procession etc) and hence used the Mass of the day instead.

eric frankovitch said...

Yes, Dan, it is very sad about the poor attendance. It appeared there were more clergy than parishioners at the ceremony. Sometimes we get what we deserve.

B. said...

I do not know why this was not publicized in advance, there certainly would have been a lot of people interested to attend, and seeing that they had lots of empty seats...

For last years Ascension Thursday Pontifical Mass at Birnau (not too far away from Vaduz), which was announced in advance, there was standing room only, and this was in a much larger Church.

Konstantin said...

Very edifying! I hope he will do it again next year, I will be there, God willing. It's only a 2 1/2 hour drive.

Dominic Maria said...

The reason for the low attendance is likely the fact that it was kept heavily under wraps as the intent was to give a precedent for other bishops to do the same and there were fears that there could have been attempts to stop or disrupt the Mass.