I am looking forward to seeing you at the Chrism Mass at St Paul’s Cathedral, next Thursday 18th April. Many of you will be familiar with the arrangements, having attended in previous years, but I wanted to share again with you the practical aspects of the service, which will be my first Chrism Mass as Bishop of London.
The Chrism Mass is a wonderful opportunity for us all to reaffirm our commitment to continued service in the Church of God. I will be praying for you as we enter Holy Week.
Practical Arrangements for Clergy and Licensed Ministers
Time: all robing in the Chapel of St Faith in the Crypt. Please be ready by 10am. Enter by northwest crypt door – congregation should enter through 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: 0207 246 8320.
Coffee will be served in the Nelson Chamber after divesting.
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