PHOTOS: Chrism Mass 2020

Preparation and celebration of a livestream diocesan Mass during the Coronavirus pandemic


Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and two priests of the Jefferson City diocese celebrate the Chrism Mass, at which the bishop blessed and consecrates the oils that will be used in sacramental ministry throughout the diocese, the morning of April 2.

The Chrism Mass is usually an evening celebration, drawing people from all over the diocese.

Nearly all of the priests of the diocese typically join the bishop at the altar and in renewing the promises they made on their ordination day. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only 10 people could be present for the Mass. Diocesan parish communications director Ashley Wiskirchen livestreamed the celebration, allowing priests and faithful alike to paritcipate from home. (23 photos)