VIDEO: See a “liturgical unicorn” – Chrism Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite

This is one of the rarest of liturgical rites in the Church right now: the Holy Thursday – yes, Holy Thursday – Chrism Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite, the Vetus Ordo, the Extraordinary Form.

This was streamed from the US seminary of the SSPX in Virginia.  Bp Fellay was the celebrating bishop.

Things to note.

All the clerics are dressed in their proper liturgical garb.

The consecration of the oils take place at different moments, one of them actually after the Canon and before Communion.

There is a threefold veneration of the oils.

It’s an impressive rite and so fitting for Holy Thursday.

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  1. TWF says:

    I imagine this rite happens every year in Brazil? That special apostolic administration in Campos that exclusively uses the EF… they have their own Bishop, so I presume he celebrates a Chrism Mass.

  2. Padre Pio Devotee says:

    It’s been 8 years ago already, but I remember when Bishop Haas offered the 1962 Chrism Mass as his diocese’s Chrism Mass. I remember everyone was awed by a diocesan bishop offering it.

  3. JesusFreak84 says:

    Well now I know what I’m watching during work today. (Advantages to WFH =-p )

  4. Yesterday I attended my first traditional Holy Thursday Mass (not Chrism Mass). Even without the full complement of ministers it was awe-inspiring. How stupid we were as the human element of the Church to ever try to get rid of all that.

  5. Fr Matthew-Anthony OP says:

    As a scholar of St Thomas Aquinas’ Pneumatology, I find the rite of each priest breathing on the Sacred Chrism to be especially meaningful and significant.

    Thank you for sharing.

  6. JustaSinner says:

    Amazing! Imagine if Mass every Sunday or EVERYDAY had such reverence!
    On a side note, the Seminary must have a killer basketball team; there was some serious height going on!

  7. Sue in soCal says:

    Our bishop held the Chrism Mass for last year in August and this year on March 25 (so there were no Masses for us unwashed on the Feast of the Annunciation). Why he moved the Chrism Mass for both years to different dates I don’t know. And there is still no holy water!!! *sigh* But hand sanitizer is everywhere.

    Holy Thursday was much toned down – no foot washing. I guess only hand-wringing, er, washing keeps the COVID god at bay. Even though our bishop has permitted Communion on the tongue (we are relegated to the back of the bus/line) the deacon insisted on only giving Communion in the hand. I left that line and walked to the line of the pastor and received kneeling and on the tongue.

    Good Friday, also much subdued, the man being ordained deacon next year gave on the tongue though he told me that his hands did not have sanitizer on them. I said that was OK and received kneeling and on the tongue. He seems to have a better grasp of the Real Presence than the ordained deacon. God bless him!

  8. kat says:

    This was the first time I’d ever seen this, too. May I have a proud Momma moment please? My son was the organist, and just finished learning that recessional. He said his hands were shaking!?

    (He is 20 years old in his Year of Spiritualities. Will you please pray for him?)

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