Bishop Declan, joined by the priests and faithful of the diocese, will gather at Clifton Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass at 11.00am Wednesday 28th March.
Bishop Declan will bless the three oils — the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick and holy chrism which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.
Bishop Declan welcomes everyone to the Chrism Mass and explains the importance of this Mass below:
As Lent draws to a close so does a pilgrimage around our diocese. During this Year of Mission 43 venues have been hosted a day of prayer holding the intention of our diocesan family as its focus. Each day, this pilgrimage took us around some of the parishes in our diocese (physically and virtually) so that the bond of connection of prayer and communion were strengthened as we prayed for one another. Following the ancient Roman Lenten custom, a simple journey around the diocese brings us from our starting point at the northern tip of Clifton – Chipping Camden – to journey’s end at our Cathedral and the great diocesan gathering at the Chrism Mass.
Canon Bosco MacDonald will welcome the Icon of St Mark on Wednesday at the Chrism Mass and tells us below how important this Pilgrimage has been for the Diocesan Family.
To set the scene, here are the pictures from last year’s Chrism Mass: