The Hebrew word mashiach and the Greek chrisma both have to do with anointing, and therefore are sources for the designations “Messiah” and “Christ.” People received anointing to consecrate them for special, indeed sacred, duties.
In the Old Testament, three distinct offices received anointing: priests, to offer sacrifice as atonement for sin and reconciliation to God; prophets, to speak words of challenge and consolation on God’s behalf; and kings, to give care and direction to God’s people.
As God-made-man, Jesus received that anointing from the Father through the Holy Spirit. All baptized Christians share in that three-fold anointing and its sacred responsibilities through our participation in the Church, Christ’s Mystical Body.
If you find yourself in a pew, a dinner, a CYO event, or in a formation meeting for adults or youth, we’re glad you’re here! Thank you for responding to the Lord’s call to follow Him.
Our parish is in a moment of renewal, inside and out. The Psalmist said, “Unless the Lord build the house, they who labor build in vain” (Ps. 127). Discipleship gives shape and meaning to everything.
May our apostolic patrons intercede for us to grow in the truth, goodness, and beauty found most fully in the Catholic Church.
Fr. Christopher M. Zelonis, Pastor