Thursday 13.4.2017

Maundy Thursday - Choral Eucharist and Blessing of the Oils

The blessing of oil is very ancient – there is documented evidence of this liturgy from the fourth century, but it is certainly of earlier origin.

Today the People of God, bishops, priests, deacons and the lay faithful, assemble on Maundy Thursday at Birmingham Cathedral for the Chrism Mass. There is a long standing tradition that it takes place on the morning of Maundy Thursday in the Cathedral, where the bishop is surrounded by the priests of his diocese, whose presence demonstrates their unity with him.

As Maundy Thursday is the day on which both the Mass and the priesthood were instituted, Pope Paul VI introduced the renewal of the priestly commitment into the liturgy. This is followed by the blessing of oils and the consecration of Chrism.

Time 11:00 a.m.

Venue Birmingham Cathedral

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