The Chrism Mass is one of the highlights of the church year. It it the Mass which the Bishop celebrates with his priests and people during Holy Week. In the course this Mass the priests and deacons reaffirm their commitment to their vocation and the Bishop blesses the Oils which will be used in parishes throughout the coming year. 

This year's Chrism Mass will take place on 28th March and will, among other things, act as a culmination of the series of Diocesan Lenten Station Masses.

As usual, the music for the Chrism Mass will be led by the Diocesan Choir. 

The music list includes the following:

  • Laudate Dominum (Walker)
  • Lift on High (Ogden)
  • Take and Eat (Joncas)
  • Jesus Christ has made us His Kingdom (Le Poidevin)
  • Mass of St Paul the Apostle (Walker)
  • Tintinabuli Glory to God (Geary)
  • Hymn of Chrism (Ogden)
  • plus more.

If you would like to be part of the choir on this occasion please note that there will be rehearsals in the weeks before the event in various places around the Diocese. Please note that because of the nature of the Chrism Mass and the complexity of its music, we will require that people attend at least one rehearsal before the day. 

Wednesdays March 7th and March 14th – St Thomas of Canterbury, Fairford, 7.30pm 
Saturday March 10th – St Michael's Tetbury, 2.30pm
Saturday March 17th – St Georges, Taunton, 11am
Sunday March 25th (Palm Sunday) – Clifton Cathedral, 3pm

Each session lasts two hours or so. 

If you would like us to hold a rehearsal near you please let us know and we'll do our best to arrange one. 

If you are planning on being part of the choir for this celebration, please fill out the form below. Please note that doing so doesn't mean a commitment to actually attend, but will allow us have some feel for the number of people we might expect and will allow us to keep you informed of the rehearsals. In the notes section please include details such as your parish, your voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), rehearsal ideas and requests and any other extra information. 

Please fill out the name and email fields on this form; if you have any extra information (voice part, instrument, requirements, etc) then please use the optional notes field. Please also make a note of which rehearsal you'd like to attend. When you're done, click 'Register'. Thank you!