Thursday, 21 April 2011

Chrism Mass Celebrated at Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral
Yesterday was the beautiful celebration of the Mass of Chrism when clergy and people of the Diocese gather around Bishop Kieran to celebrate not only the blessing of the oils for use in parishes throughout the year but also the renewal of priestly commitment.

Over a hundred priests and deacons walked in solemn procession through a packed Arundel Cathedral to begin Mass. At the end of the Mass Bishop Kieran stayed to speak to the many parishioners who had come to the Cathedral from all over Surrey and Sussex to join in this celebration. He then joined many of the clergy and others including clergy wives in a celebration in St Mary's Hall.

Priests processing from the Cathedral at the end of the Chrism Mass
Clergy and people then returned uplifted and renewed in their diocesan identity to begin celebrations on this Thursday evening for the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the first of the three great services that form the Easter Triduum through Good Friday to the Easter Vigil.

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