Watch edited highlights of Wednesdays Chrism Mass
The Chrism Mass on the Wednesday of Holy Week is co celebrated by the Bishop and his priests. This is the largest gathering of priests in the year, at which they renew their commitment to priestly service. At this Mass, the Bishop blesses the oils for the coming year to be used in our parishes for the celebration of the sacraments. The word “Chrism” comes from one of the oils, which is mixed with aromatic perfume and used in Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and in the consecration of churches and altars. The oils used are brought by Della Shenton, from St Marychurch Parish and are produced by a Women’s Cooperative of Christians and Muslims in Palestine, just north of Jerusalem. And the perfume is nard, an oil used from antiquity and again from Palestine.