The annual Chrism Mass has been celebrated at St Chad’s Cathedral today (Wed 28 March).

Archbishop Bernard Longley was joined by the bishops, priests and deacons of the Archdiocese at the Holy Week service.

It was a sight to behold as hundreds of clergy took their places along with the lay faithful.

At this Mass the Archbishop blessed the holy oils - the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and consecrated the Oil of Holy Chrism - these will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the parishes of the Archdiocese in the course of the year.

Archbishop Longley also led the priests in renewing their promises to serve God and his people.

The Archbishop's Homily can be read in full here CHRISM_MASS_2018.doc

A selection of photographs taken by Con McHugh at the Mass can be viewed here