I had never attended a Chrism mass and was eager to introduce both myself and my candidate Kayla to the experience. During the RCIA classes, the Chrism Mass purposes are explained and the candidates are encouraged to attend, especially since the oils will be used directly on them during the Easter Vigil Mass. It's at this most significant Mass of the Catholic calendar that the candidates become fully embodied in the Church.
Kayla was enamored by the grandeur of the Cathedral. We took time before Mass to visit the museum in the basement, as well as tour the individual side chapels.
The Museum of Virginia Catholic History
During Mass, we listened to the wonderful Diocesian Choir and snapped a picture of my good friend Eileen. I knew she'd love to see herself in print :)
Following Mass, the Bishop stood at the rear graciously greeting and chatting with his congregation as we filed out of the building. He was willing to take pictures and Kayla wanted to meet him. We waited patiently until our turn and the gentleman in line behind us offered to snap the picture. It's a bit out of focus, but we had our moment in the sun:
Today's post title from Stephen Dean's Into the Family of God