Bishop Terry consecrated the holy oils to be used throughout our diocese during the year in the moving Chrism Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral.

The ancient ceremony takes place in cathedrals around the world at the beginning of Holy Week.

The bishop was joined by priests and deacons in a demonstration of their unity with him.

After they renewed their priestly commitment, Bishop Terry blessed the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of Chrism, which was perfumed with balsam.

Later the oils were collected by each priest to be presented at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in their own churches on Maundy Thursday evening.

The cathedral was completely full for the service, with five coaches attending from all over the diocese.

 The service was enhanced by beautiful singing and music led by Director of Music Tim Harrison.