|The Chrism Mass at the refurbished St. Peter's Cathedral|
It's not they were shocked to hear they could "anoint". They knew that. It's the use of the term "sacramental minister". It's a term that has gotten to be synonymous with priesthood in the diocese or as one feisty DRE said, THE CHURCH OF A NEW PARADIGM. I like saying it "pair-a-digum" to make it sound like stupid people saying it.
Oxford was represented by Skip and Sarah Langley. Skip will be baptized during the Vigil Saturday. By me, the sacramental minister. When Mass was over, they gave me the oils. Then we went out for dinner and discussed Batman, hexes, Siberia and prisons in Belize. The table next to me was presided over by Fr. Brian Kaskie, another
|Sacramental ministers with a sacramental bishop|
The Bishop did say that the oil of Chrism that is placed on a man's hands at ordination imprints a character upon him throughout eternity. I like that idea. Always have. But I'm just hoping that when I am called into the afterlife, do my just penance in Purgatory for my peccadilloes such as laziness, smoking, saying "poop" in front of kids and blogging snarky stuff, the Lord would say to me as I enter the Kingdom, "You are a priest FOREVER in the line of Mechizidek!" and not, "Oh, it's a sacramental minister. We really don't need you up here. Plus, the laity can do almost everything you do anyway. If it weren't for ROME!!!" and then look at St. Peter really mean.
That Peter and his Romishness.