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/ 29 March 2018

Clergy reaffirm their calling at Chrism Mass in St Paul’s Cathedral

Congregation in Nave

The Acting Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, has shared a message of challenge, humility and self-examination with Diocese of London clergy as they gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral on Maundy Thursday for the Chrism Mass and renewal of their ordination vows.

Speaking on Luke 22 : 24 – 30, the Bishop noted that:

“What makes this passage a sobering subject for reflection in the context of a service of Renewal of Ordination Vows is the fact that it raises pointed questions for us about our ministry.”

He challenged those present:

“What would happen if we took seriously our call not to be the greatest?”

Referring to the recent IICSA hearings, Bishop Pete said:

“There is of course no virtue in hand-wringing, though we do need to repent. Unless we make a real change to our culture, our structures, and our openness to hear and respond to criticism, we shall deservedly be tagged with the badge of the Church that failed to listen.”

The Chrism Mass service is an opportunity each year for laity–both licensed and commissioned, deacons, priests and bishops to reaffirm their calling and place together in the Church of God.

The evening of Maundy Thursday will see a special celebration of the Eucharist with the washing of feet, followed by a prayer vigil with readings until midnight.

Read the full text of Bishop Pete’s sermon.


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