Hundreds of clergy and lay people gathered in Wakefield Cathedral on Maundy Thursday, April 6, to renew their vows and commitment to God.
The Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist was led by Bishop Nick, and in addition to bishops, archdeacons and parish clergy, the packed Cathedral was swelled by large numbers of lay people from across the diocese.
The traditional service takes place annually at one of the three cathedrals of the Diocese of Leeds.
Oils of Chrism, for the sick and dying and for those coming to baptism were blessed for churches to use during the coming year.
In his sermon, Bishop Nick thanked God for all the clergy and lay ministers in the diocese, for their faithfulness and perseverance in such times of challenge and change.
“I thank God for your diligence when you are filled with confidence and when you are consumed by doubt. For the grace that you live out in offering word and deed to those whose feet you are charged to wash.”
The Very Revd Simon Cowling, Dean of Wakefield, said, “It’s been a wonderful service here at Wakefield Cathedral as we gather together to renew our commitment to our shared ministries under God.
“Bishop Nick in his sermon talked about solidarity, unity and togetherness. For all of us those are really important words to take to heart as we prepare to celebrate the three days leading up to the Easter Festival.”