Hundreds meet in Norwich for biggest gathering in Diocesan calendar

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keit

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keith Morris - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 people marked a 'significant moment' in the life of the Diocese of East Anglia.

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keit

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keith Morris - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people attended the annual Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Tuesday night, where priestly promises were renewed and sacred oils blessed.

Bishop Alan Hopes welcomed clergy and laity from parishes across the Diocese in what is the biggest gathering in the Diocesan calendar.

He said: 'The Chrism Mass is a significant moment for us as a Diocese to come together today as we prepare to celebrate the Paschal mystery of the Lord's passion, death and resurrection.'

The renewal of promises was followed by the blessing of three oils - the Oil of Chrism is a mixture of olive oil and a perfume, consecrated by Bishop Alan to be sent out to parishes of the Diocese.

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keit

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keith Morris - Credit: Archant


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When the mass had finished, everyone was invited for a hot drink and hot cross bun in the Narthex.

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The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keit

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keith Morris - Credit: Archant

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keit

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keith Morris - Credit: Archant

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keit

The annual Chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on Tuesday night. Picture: Keith Morris - Credit: Archant

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