Chrism Mass 2016

On Tuesday, March 22, the Tuesday of Holy Week, clergy from across the Diocese of California gathered at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, to renew their commitment to serving God as ordained leaders in the Episcopal Church in the Bay Area. This annual Chrism Mass also includes the consecration and distribution of oils for baptism and anointing of the sick. 

In his homily, Bishop Marc remarked that he was deeply moved by how the clergy of the Diocese of California live out Christ’s message in their life and work. “You are meant to be him. You are the Body of Christ meant to set captives free and bring sight to the blind, and I mean that in all sincerity. You do that.”

He continued that the work of the Church is not done solely by individuals, as inspirational as they may be, but by many working together. Clergy need to be able to inhabit other’s lives in order to serve, because “the Christ who proclaims was not doing this as a single human, but as a body of many people.”

As the clergy lined up to gather oils at the end of the service and joined in fellowship during the lunch afterwards, it was a small sign of the Body of Christ in action.