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March, 2016 | Archived Got a Question?

What is it?

Question: What is that little cabinet on the front pillar on the Emmaus side of church?   QA2

Answer: It is called the “Ambry” and holds the holy oils used for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Anointing of the Sick.  Inside the ambry you will see three cruets.  At Baptism the person is anointed with the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of Holy Chrism.  At Confirmation, those to be confirmed are anointed with the Oil of Holy Chrism and when a person is seriously ill, one is anointed with the Oil of the Sick.

Each year on Holy Thursday a priest, usually the pastor, joins the (arch)bishop of the (arch)diocese to celebrate the “Chrism Mass” at the Cathedral.  It is at this Chrism Mass that new Holy Oils are blessed by the bishop and distributed to each pastor or his delegate for the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Sacrament of the Sick for the coming year.  At the beginning of Holy Thursday evening mass in each parish these oils are presented to be reserved for the year.

More information can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church or go to the Bishops’ website at



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