The Chrism Eucharist is an opportunity for us all, as ministers in the Diocese, to gather in the holiest week of the Christian year, renew our commitments and pledge our service to God and the community
The Monday of Holy Week sees our annual diocesan Chrism Eucharist service at Liverpool Cathedral at 10:30am. Bishop Paul has written to all stipendiary clergy, who are expected to attend the service unless prevented for any reason, but his invitation goes out more widely than that. As in previous years the bishop is encouraging all Readers, Self-Supporting Ministers and Local Missional Leaders who can be part of this service to attend.
“The Chrism Eucharist is an opportunity for us all, as ministers in the Diocese, to gather in the holiest week of the Christian year, renew our commitments and pledge our service to God and the community” explained the Bishop. “So my invitation to this service is for all who wish to take the opportunity to pledge themselves again to walk with Christ. As we start to think about our rule of life as a diocese and our common rhythm of life we need services like this so that the Holy Spirit may refresh us together.”
At the heart of the service is the renewal of commitment to ministry which is offered by lay people, deacons, priests and bishops in turn. The service also includes an opportunity for the blessing of the oils that will be used for the sacramental ministry in the life of a parish. We will also have the ministry of healing being offered to congregation members.
Bishop Paul added “I feel an overwhelming sense of God’s power and love when I recommit myself to His service at the Chrism Eucharist. As we move into Holy Week, and as we prepare to mark and remember Jesus’ total sacrifice in love, I want all to feel renewed and strengthened by the Spirit's power. I invite all in our Diocese to this shared experience of our common faith.”