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Week of March 24, 2008
Smith lauds enthusiasm of the laity
Archbishop celebrates his first Chrism Mass in Edmonton
By GLEN ARGAN
"I am edified by your witness and grateful for your service."
In his homily, after listing various forms of lay service in the archdiocese, Smith said, "I am edified by your witness and grateful for your service."
He asked the congregation to pray that God "enable us to live ever more truly in accord with the dignity that is ours as Christians and keep us faithful to the mission he entrusts to us."
Turning to the priests, he noted that at their ordinations, they are anointed with the sacred chrism.
"The anointing signifies that, in virtue of the gift of the Spirit given by the laying on of hands, the priest participates in the priesthood of Christ in such a way that he is able to act in the person of Christ the head of the Church."
Smith noted that the Chrism Mass is a time to give thanks to God for the gift of the ordained priesthood.
When the archbishop said that his visits to parishes have made it "very clear to me that the people of this local Church love their priests," his remarks were greeted with applause from the congregation.
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