The Chrism Mass is at 11 o’clock in the Cathedral on Tuesday 16th April and it’s always a very special occasion. The Roman Missal says: The Chrism Mass, which the Bishop concelebrates with his priests, should, as it were, be a manifestation of the priests’ communion with their Bishop; it is desirable that all priests participate in it. Over this last weekend, the Bishop met with the excellent Chris Olding, who has generously agreed to be the Director of Music for this year’s celebration. Besides the organ, we’re hoping this time to have a small orchestra and music group, alongside an ad hoc choir of volunteers from across the diocese. The music this year will be a blend of old and new, but with an emphasis on beauty – only the best for the Lord. At the moment Chris is finalising the schedule of music to be sung, but he is appealing for singers willing to assist. He intends to arrange a practice one evening a couple of weeks before the Mass, probably in the Eastleigh area. If you would be willing to help or want further information, please email Martin Ryan who is helping Chris and Fr. PJ Smith with the administration.
What Happens during the Chrism Mass