Invitation to attend and to sing at diocesan Chrism Mass

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Invitation to attend and to sing at diocesan Chrism Mass

An invitation to all across the Diocese of East Anglia to attend the Chrism Mass during Holy Week has been issued, alongside the opportunity to join the Diocesan choir to sing at the celebration.

Bishop Peter Collins will celebrate his second Chrism Mass in the Diocese of East Anglia on Tuesday March 26, at 11.30am and all clergy and laity are invited to join him.

The Chrism Mass is the most important annual Diocesan celebration where the Bishop, clergy, religious and laity gather to celebrate the sacramental life.

Bishop Peter said: “I would ask that we gather in a spirit of solidarity to express our Diocesan identity and to reiterate our commitment to the mission of evangelisation.”

The new Diocesan Director of Music, David Grealy, will be leading the Diocesan Choir and the music sung will be a mix of the traditional and contemporary, the choral and congregational.

The Diocesan Choir, which sings at a small number of diocesan events throughout the year, is always looking for new members. Any individuals or groups interested in singing at the Chrism Mass are invited get in touch with the Music Office at

Music will be sent out in advance, and the Diocesan Director of Music will be able to assist in leading rehearsals beforehand.

During the Mass, the Sacred Chrism is consecrated and the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick are blessed. These are the oils that are then distributed from the Mother Church of the Cathedral for use in every parish community.