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Chrism Mass Diocese of Leeds 2015

Chrism Mass Diocese of Leeds 2015

Chrism Mass Diocese of Leeds 2015

The Wednesday of Holy week has always been a very special day in the eyes of the Bishop of the Diocese and His clergy - this year it was even more so for the Diocese of Leeds.

This was the first celebration by Bishop Marcus of the Chrism Mass. Heralded by a fanfare of Trumpets the Bishop's procession entered a Cathedral full to standing room only of the priests and people of the Diocese gathered to witness the renewal of Priestly promises and the pledge of the new Bishop to do His best to lead the people faithfully.

In his opening remarks the Bishop welcomed everyone - thanked them for coming - and made special mention of Emeritus Bishop David and a special mention of Fr Rosso - just ordained a few weeks ago.

The opening of the celebration was made even more special by the choir which was made up on this night not only of the Cathedral Choral Scholars but also by the Bradford Catholic Youth choir and The Huddersfield Boys and Girls choirs. Along with all these the Bishop Himself was in fine voice joining in the musical celebration. In the opening of His homily, the Bishop made two things clear first he quoted the motto he had used for His coat of alms ‘Desiderio Desideravi' (‘I have desired with desire to be with you') and that on this night he would address his Homily to the priests, for this night was the demonstration of the bond between the Bishop and His Priests. Pushing forward from there he went on to urge the priests to see the positive side of their priesthood while he acknowledged that there were and would be times of darkness and stress. He pointed out to them that it was in this relationship with Christ that they found the strength and courage to lead and minister to their people. The centre for all this was the celebration of the Eucharist which should be approached by them each day with the same enthusiasm and joy as it was on the first day they were ordained. In todays atmosphere, said the Bishop there was every chance that the clergy could feel isolated - left on his own - with nowhere to turn. It was the relationship with Christ in the Eucharist and prayer that helped them through these periods - but also He reminded the Religious and Laity who were present that they must help their priests - and he thanked them of having done this so far and encouraged them to continue the good work.

At the end of the Celebration the Bishop thanked the choirs for the music they had provided, which, as He said, had added to, if not made, the splendour of the celebration. He also thanked the Altar servers from across the Diocese who had come to take part in the celebration. Again with a fanfare of Trumpets the Bishop's procession left the Cathedral. As the Cathedral emptied the Bishop gathered the altar servers around him for a picture to mark this special celebration.