Chrism Mass 2016

It was good to see St. Andrew’s Cathedral crowded for the Chrism Mass, with some of the overflow of the congregation coming up to the choir loft for the service. The Diocesan Choir (the St. Mungo Singers) and instrumentalists Clare O’Neill and Noel Donnelly provided gathering music as people filled the church. Then the service began with the singing of “Lord, you have come to the seashore” as the clergy processed through the Cathedral to the sanctuary. In his homily, Archbishop Tartaglia welcomed everyone to the service, with particular mention for representatives of a number of schools, including St.Mary’s and St. Martin’s Primary School Vale of Leven, Notre Dame Secondary, St. Andrew’s Secondary and Turnbull High, and representatives of the various religious congregations and of the Knights of St.Columba. He described it as a special moment for him to see so many present, and to have so many of the Diocese’s priests there to renew their priestly commitment to serve the Church. It would, he suggested, take many of them back to the day of their ordination. He invited the congregation to take this opportunity to pray for new priests, saying that priests are not for themselves but “for Christ and for you”. This renewal of commitment was the first aspect of the Chrism Mass. The second thing which characterised the Chrism Mass, said the Archbishop, was the blessing...

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