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The Chrism Eucharist (posted 4 April 2012)

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The Chrism Eucharist Takes Place at Chichester Cathedral...

Picture: Chrism Eucharist Procession
Chrism Eucharist Procession
Picture: Blessing of the Oils
Blessing of the Oils

On Tuesday 3rd April 2012, at 10.30am, The Chrism Eucharist took place at Chichester Cathedral.  This year the Cathedral welcomed around 600 people to this annual service including large numbers of clergy from across the Diocese of Chichester. 

This special service includes 'The Blessing of the Oils'. Historically, the oils were blessed because they were needed for initiation rites during Easter celebrations.  For centuries, ministers during Holy Week have joined with the Bishop for this purpose. 

At the end of the liturgy, the Oils are distributed to the clergy and other representatives of the parishes of the diocese.  These Oils replace those blessed last year and are used in the ministry of the Church throughout the coming year, especially at baptisms and confirmations of Eastertide. 

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