Chrism Eucharists

The Chrism Eucharist in the Cathedral is a joyful opportunity to renew our calling as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ and I very much hope that we will all make every effort to attend. You will note that I am also encouraging those who work alongside us in a variety of capacities to be present as we also recognise and give thanks for our partnership in the gospel.

This year we meet against the backdrop of the invasion in Ukraine and the brutal destruction being wreaked before our very eyes as we watch millions seeking refuge throughout Europe. We cannot and must not close our eyes to this travesty of justice. The words of the prophet Micah ring out: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Archbishop Justin will preach and Bishop Rose will preside at the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday 14 April at 11 am.

Bishop Norman will preside at the Eucharist on Tuesday 12 April at 12 noon.

We shall continue our well-established practice of offering soup and sandwiches in the Cathedral Lodge following each of the services but please note that we can only cater for those who indicate that they intend to join us.

Please complete the form at the bottom of this webpage to indicate which service you will attend, whether you'll stay for refreshments and how many oils of each type you require - by Friday 1 April 2022.

Practical Arrangements for Clergy and Readers

Tuesday 12 April: Robing will take place in the Crypt – please be robed by 11.45am.

Thursday 14 April: Robing will take place in the Chapter House – please be robed by 10.45am.


  • Assistant Bishops: alb, white mitre & white cope
  • Clergy: alb and white stole or cassock and surplice with white stole or scarf
  • Readers: alb or cassock and surplice with blue scarf

Oil distribution

Oils can be collected after the service from the Chapter House. You will not need to supply your own containers but please remember to return those issued to you last year.