Chrism Mass by peadar

Chrism Mass

A visit to London today with fellow 365-er Dan, @danclarke. This is Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral (the seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, and Mother Church for Catholics across England and Wales). It looks better viewed on black if you have the time.

The rite of the Chrism Mass goes back to around 200 years after the events of the New Testament and is one of the earliest traditions of the Church. During the Mass, those present are called to renew their baptismal promises; priests/ministers and deacons also reaffirm their ministry by renewing the promises made at their ordination.

The Mass takes its name from the blessing of the holy oils used in the sacraments throughout the year, which are then given to priests/ministers to take back to their parishes.

The Rite of Reception of the Oils by representatives of the diocesan parishes is a sign of each parish's unity with the Bishop and the diocesan Church.

As this picture was taken the Cathedral was filled with the sounds of the organ and congregation singing the entrance hymn as the clergy filed in to take up their seats around the altar.
A stunning shot - it must have been even better with the sounds and scents there - fav!

Ian
April 16th, 2019  
@fishers Thanks - yes, it was quite a moment. Thanks for the Fav.
April 16th, 2019  
Beautiful image, fav
April 16th, 2019  
stunning shot - amazing details - also surprised it's today not Thursday.
April 16th, 2019  
Quite a ceremony to see Peter. It's a beautiful shot and the line of lights on either side and make it very special.
April 16th, 2019  
i bet the sound was wonderful
April 16th, 2019  
Beautiful photograph, the colours are very pleasing.
April 16th, 2019  
@shannejw Shanne, I believe the rules were changed some time ago so that it didn't clash with the start of the Easter masses on Holy Thursday.
April 16th, 2019  
In the CofE, the Chrism mass happens during the day on Maundy Thursday with evening services, followed by vigils (to remember the vigil of Jesus with Peter, James and John in the Garden of Gethsemane
April 16th, 2019  
@shannejw Interesting. Different versions of the same traditions.
April 16th, 2019  
Very nice to see inside.
April 16th, 2019  
Very impressive
April 16th, 2019  
Wow... what an incredible space and shot.
April 16th, 2019  
Great photo. I like how you included the people’s heads in the photo.
April 16th, 2019  
A wonderful capture of an impressive building!
April 16th, 2019  
WoW , I was raised a Roman Catholic, never heard of such a mass; I guess the Netherlands were very relaxed in those matters 50 years ago... Interesting Peter ! And good shot.
April 17th, 2019  
Wow, it looks spectacular on black.
April 17th, 2019  
wonderful light effects and a huge crowd.
April 17th, 2019  
@momamo Monique, I believe it fell into abeyance and has been revived (no pun intended) only in the last 20 years or so, so your experience reflects the history.
April 17th, 2019  
Quite incredible this scene
April 18th, 2019  
A wonderful capture. Lovely light.
April 18th, 2019  
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