Our Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, wrote to his clergy this week explaining the importance of the Chrism Mass in our priestly life. His words are worthy of sharing and I hope some of you might be able to attend the Chrism Mass this year. He writes:
This is just to remind you that the annual Ordinariate Chrism Mass takes place on Monday the 26th of March at 11.30 am in the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. This year the principal celebrant will be the Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Archbishop Edward Adams. This will be his first liturgical experience of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and I hope we will have a good congregation. Archbishop Adams will be preaching to us on this occasion. Please encourage members of the laity to attend if at all possible, though I do understand that in some cases distances make this quite difficult.
Could I gently remind all priests and deacons incardinated into the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham that they should attend the Chrism Mass of the Ordinariate as a matter of priority and not the Chrism Mass in the local diocese instead. Of course, some of you might wish to attend both but I want to emphasise that participation with your fellow priests and deacons of Ordinariate is an important aspect of the Chrism Mass.
With prayers and best wishes,