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/ 18 March 2022

An invitation to Chrism Eucharist 2022

Chrism Mass St Paul's Cathedral

All are warmly invited to St Paul’s Cathedral at 10.30am on Thursday 14 April, for the annual Chrism Eucharist.

What is the Chrism Eucharist?

Every year at the Chrism Eucharist on Maundy Thursday, an invitation is issued to all clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) from across the Diocese of London to renew their ordination and licensing promises.

It is a service that is held dear in many hearts, not just because of the extraordinary sight of seeing so many clergy gathering together to renew their vows, but because it comes just before Easter.

At this service, oils are blessed for use across the Diocese: the oil for the sick, anointing with the healing presence of Christ; the oil of baptism, anointing with the victory of Christ over sin and death to those He calls by name; the oil of chrism for anointing all who are baptized and confirmed with the sweet fragrance of Christ’s gospel.

The oils are given to the clergy and LLMs, who take them back to their parishes for use throughout the year.

Arrangements for clergy

In keeping with Church of England Safeguarding Guidelines the Cathedral Chapter requires that all clergy who wish to robe complete a self-declaration form and return it by 9 am on Monday 4th April. Please click the links to download the form and return it to robing@nullstpaulscathedral.org.uk

Click here for the self-declaration Word document

Click here for the self-declaration as a PDF

On receipt of the form you will be issued with an e-ticket by Monday 11th April, which will need to be shown in order to access the robing area.

Time: all robing in the Chapel of St Faith in the Crypt.  Please be ready by 10am. Enter by the northwest crypt door – congregation should enter through the main entrance at the West End.

Please be aware that security checks are in place at all entrances.

Robing: cassock, surplice, and if it is your tradition, white stole for clergy, scarf for Licensed Lay Ministers.

Oil Distribution:  collect vials from the Crypt after the Eucharist

Deputies: a parish or chaplaincy representative may collect oils on behalf of the priest.  Please bring a letter confirming this from the priest. Oils are available from the Virgers throughout the year should you require further supplies.

Special Assistance Requirements: On this occasion, please contact the Virgers Department at the Cathedral – Tel 020 7246 8320

Coffee will be served in the Nelson Chamber after divesting.

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