Diocesan clergy gathered together at St Chad’s Cathedral for the first time since the start of the pandemic to celebrate the Chrism Mass. (Wednesday 13 April)
During Holy Mass priests renewed the promises they made on the day of their Ordination to serve God and his people.
This Mass symbolises the unity of the Presbyterate as the Bishops, priests and deacons gather around the Archbishop.
His Grace also blessed the holy oils – the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and consecrated the Oil of Holy Chrism – which will be used in the administration of the sacraments in parishes across the Archdiocese in the coming year.
This year’s Chrism Mass was for clergy only due to the continuing threat of the pandemic and the large number of people already in attendance at the cathedral.
The faithful were invited to join via the cathedral’s live stream facility.