Thursday, 24 March 2016

Faithful Stewards of the Mysteries of God at
the Chrism Eucharist on Maundy Thursday

Oils for the sick and dying, the oil for signing with the Cross at Baptism and the oil of chrism at the Chrism Eucharist in Christ Church Cathedral this morning (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2016)

Patrick Comerford

I was in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, this morning, for the Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist, at which the Archbishop, the priests and deacons and the lay ministers renew their commitments to ministry made at their consecration, ordination or commissioning.

I was ordained priest in 2001 and ordained deacon in 2000, and had also been commissioned a diocesan reader before that in 1994.

I was reminded of the solemn vows and commitments I made on those occasions.

Archbishop: At your ordination to the priesthood, you took authority to watch over and care for God’s people, to absolve and bless them in his name, to proclaim the gospel of salvation, and to administer the sacraments of his New Covenant. Will you continue as faithful stewards of the mysteries of God, preaching the gospel of Christ, and ministering his holy sacraments?

Priests: By the help of God, I will.

During the Foot Washing, when Archbishop Michael Jackson washed the feet of representatives of each order or expression of ministry, the Consort of the Cathedral Choir sang Ubi Caritas, from the Latin liturgy of Maundy Thursday, to a setting by Maurice Duruflé. The Mass setting was the Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd (1540-1623).

Later the Archbishop consecrated the oil for the sick and dying, presented by a member of the Diocesan Ministry of Healing Committee, the oil for signing with the Cross at Baptism, presented by a deacon, and the oil of chrism presented by a priest of the diocese.

Water for the washing of feet at the Chrism Eucharist in Christ Church Cathedral this morning (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2016)

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