The annual Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist for the Diocese moves this year to Bradford Cathedral, the third Cathedral to hold the service since the Diocese of Leeds began at Easter 2014.
Starting with Wakefield Cathedral in 2015 and last year moving on to Ripon Cathedral, this is the annual service, led by the Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, at which everyone, clergy and lay, will have the opportunity to renew their vows and commitment to God together in one place.
The Chrism Eucharist for the Diocese takes place at 11.00am on Maundy Thursday, 13 April. Oils of Chrism, for the sick and dying and for those coming to baptism will be blessed for churches to use during the coming year.
In a joint letter to all clergy, Bishop Nick and the Dean of Bradford, Very Revd Jerry Lepine, said, “The Chrism Eucharist is a special occasion at which the Diocesan Bishop presides at the Eucharist and leads clergy in the renewal of their ordination vows. Additionally the Bishop will invite the lay people present to re-affirm their commitment to Christian discipleship.
“We warmly invite you to this service which is the one time in the year when the clergy all come together to worship with their bishop.”
Clergy are invited to robe (alb and white stole) or choose not to, but are asked to inform the Cathedral (via firstname.lastname@example.org) if they intend to stay for lunch/robe/require oils.
This year oils of anointing of the sick, baptism, and/or confirmation will be provided in containers for all those churches which have indicated their requirements in advance to the cathedral.