The Chrism Mass is next Tuesday 12th April 2022 at 11 am – please join us online. The Mass takes place in the Cathedral and is one of the main diocesan events of the year. The Mass is the special Liturgy in Holy Week during which the Bishop blesses the three Holy Oils for use in the Sacraments: the Oil of the Blessing of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of Chrism. The blessing of the Holy Oils is one of the most ancient ceremonies of the Church and it’s always celebrated in the Cathedral with the priests, deacons, religious and lay people of the diocese. During it, all the priests make a renewal of their commitment to priestly service. It is always a wonderful manifestation of the Church in our Diocese of Portsmouth and an opportunity to thank God for our Catholic faith. Last year, because of the pandemic, we had to limit attendance at the Mass. This year, with appropriate safety precautions, I would like to invite you to join us in a great celebration.