Thursday, 20 March 2008

Today's Readings - Mass of the Chrism

4 ur info, Mass of the Chrism is when chrism (consecrated oil mainly used in the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Orders) is consecrated by the bishop of the church (in my case, the bishop of Kuching Archdiocese) in the presence of the presbyterium (a college of priests). It is usually celebrated on Holy Thursday, the day b4 Good Friday. Here's the readings 4 this mass:

Luke 4: 16-21

Now Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed
me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and the regaining of sight
to the blind,
to set free
those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lords favor.
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to tell them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.”

Revelation 1: 5-8

[Grace to you and peace] from Jesus Christ – the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free from our sins at the cost of his own blood and has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen.
Look! He is returning with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him,
and all the tribes on the earth will mourn because of him. This will certainly come to pass! Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful!

Isaiah 61

The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has chosen me. He has commissioned me to encourage the poor, to help the brokenhearted, to decree the release of captives, and the freeing of prisoners, to announce the year when the Lord will show his favor, the day when our God will seek vengeance, to console all who mourn, to strengthen those who mourn in Zion, by giving them a turban, instead of ashes, oil symbolizing joy, instead of mourning, a garment symbolizing praise, instead of discouragement. They will be called oaks of righteousness, trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor.
You will be called, ‘the Lord’s priests, servants of our God.’ You will enjoy the wealth of nations
and boast about the riches you receive from them.
For I, the Lord, love justice and hate robbery and sin. I will repay them because of my faithfulness; I will make a permanent covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations, their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will recognize that the Lord has blessed them.”


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