Chrism Mass 2021
Posted on the 17th Mar 2021 in the category Resources
Dear Fathers, Dear Deacons
(Dear Church wardens in Vacancies)
Yesterday was the anniversary of the first official announcement to stop unnecessary social contact that led, days later, to the first, shocking period of lockdown due to the pandemic. As a result we had to cancel last year’s Regional Chrism Masses at short notice. A year on, while churches are permitted to offer restricted public worship at Easter (unlike last year’s traumatic experience), we are still unable to be gather together as a body, though it must be our fervent hope and prayer that, with the help of the vaccination programme, we shall be able to do so next year. But this year, alternative arrangements have to be made.
Thanks to the gracious invitation of the Principal of Pusey House, I will celebrate the Chrism Mass at Pusey House on Tuesday 30 March at 11.30 am. Pusey House will livestream the Mass on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/puseyhouseoxford) and on their YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/TheChapterofPuseyHouse). I invite all the clergy who can do so to share in that celebration online, and to renew your diaconal and priestly vows. Hopefully all my Diocesan Representatives will be present, though, regrettably, unable to concelebrate. Nevertheless, I hope that you will, in that way, feel that you are represented at the Mass.
Please also encourage the faithful in your parishes to join us online. I shall circulate the order of service in good time so that all may participate, and make an act of spiritual communion.
After the Mass, the consecrated Oils will be dispensed into the plastic bottles that are usually provided. We shall provide one set of oils for each church in your benefice. The requisite number of sets will be given to the Diocesan Representative, and it is for you to arrange to collect the oils from him. If you require any further sets or if you are priest in charge or an incumbent in a parish that is not under my oversight or if you have a PtO and require a set of oils, please let Catherine know by Friday 26 March at the latest – either by e-mail or by phone (07881 875 583). If you have no Diocesan Representative, again please contact Catherine so that separate provision can be made.