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Bishop Brennan Speaks on Brooklyn Subway Attack in Homily During Tonight’s Brooklyn Diocese Chrism Mass

Diocese Brooklyn
April 13, 2022

Bishop Brennan Speaks on Brooklyn Subway Attack in Homily During Tonight’s Brooklyn Diocese Chrism Mass
Photo, Video: Courtesy of DeSales Media.

The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, tonight celebrated the annual Diocese of Brooklyn Chrism Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. During the Mass, the bishop consecrated the oils to be used in the coming year for sacramental anointing. He also led hundreds of priests and deacons in renewing their promises of service to the Church.

In his homily, Bishop Brennan spoke of this morning’s attack on the subway at 36th Street in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn.

“We were shaken to our core this morning, right here in the borough of Brooklyn, when violence hit us at home. Tonight, we pray very earnestly for those who were injured, passengers on the train, and the police who went in. We pray for their healing and restoration of their health. We pray for all of those out there every day watching over, protecting us, in so many ways,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

"We see that sometimes evil prevails, but we know it is not the final answer. And always, this morning, no exception, do we see that when evil prevails the goodness of people becomes even stronger. The power of Jesus risen from the dead is always, always at work, reminding it is not the final answer,” continued Bishop Brennan.

The Chrism Mass is one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of the Catholic Church. It is marked by the ceremonial blessing of the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and consecration of the oil of chrism, which will be used in all churches of the Diocese of Brooklyn throughout the liturgical year. The oils are used to anoint the sick, baptize catechumens and infants, ordain priests, and anoint altars. This Mass is celebrated in dioceses around the world.