On Tuesday 16th April, Bishop Philip celebrated the annual Chrism Mass in the Cathedral with over 100 priests and deacons of the diocese and supported by a packed congregation of laity and religious from across the diocese. It was a joy-filled celebration with a varied selection of musical styles from Latin chant to more contemporary settings.
At this Mass the priests of the diocese renew the promises they make at their ordination to be more united to Jesus and to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. As Bishop Philip said in his homily: "For us priests the Chrism Mass is special in two ways. First, it’s a moment in which, together with our deacons, we thank God for our vocation and we renew the promises we once made. When a priest is ordained, he makes six promises: to be an unfailing servant, to teach the Catholic faith, to celebrate the Liturgy reverently, to be a man of constant prayer, to put Jesus at the centre, and to be obedient to the Bishop.
Homily by Bishop Philip