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Chrism Eucharists 2022

A warm invitation to all to join with me at a Chrism Eucharist this Holy Week.

Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ

Having just entered the second half of Lent it is time to turn our attention to the Annual Chrism Services held in the Diocese, and I would like to invite you to consider making time to attend one of them.

The Chrism Mass is a wonderful opportunity to both remember and renew the commitment we made as servants of Jesus Christ. I have planned two Chrism Services – one at All Saints, Gladstone, Invercargill, on Tuesday 12 April 6pm  and a second at the Cathedral on Maundy Thursday 14 April at 12 noon. 

While there will be opportunities for ordained and lay to renew their commitment, this year I am not asking for clergy or lay ministers to be robed and to process, but to take a place in the congregation. I expect there will be singing, communion, and an opportunity to be anointed – but we will have to be guided by circumstances nearer the time.

The Oil of Chrism will be blessed and there will be a chance to fill your church and personal containers. In addition to the Oil of Chrism, and this will be a change to recent past practice, there will be two further oils blessed and available afterwards: the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens (for use at baptisms).

If you have oil from previous years, it might be the time to refresh stocks. While I am not superstitious about this, I am sure none of us would want to cause any offence and so I would ask you to dispose of old oil in a respectful and sensible way. It is perfectly acceptable to burn it or pour it into the ground.

COVID, and contingency planning for COVID, is still affecting much of what we do, and this is written recognising all arrangements may have to be revised at short notice.


Yours in Christ

+Steven

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Chrism Eucharist details:

Tuesday 12 April 6pm @ All Saints' Gladstone, corner of Dee Street and Holywood Terrace, Invercargill. (Please note earlier start time for the service.)

This year, instead of a Potluck tea, please bring a non-perishable food or grocery item, which will be collected for South Centre, as a gift for those who are struggling with the pandemic.

As a way to connect safely, there is an opportunity for people to catch up after the service, outside the Church (weather depending).

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Maundy Thursday 14 April 12 noon @ St Paul's Cathedral 

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