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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Chrism Eucharists this Holy Week: Florence and Paris

Every year during Holy Week the oils that are used throughout the following year for ministry to the sick, for Christian initiation, and for ordination are solemnly blessed in an episcopal service. This is also the occasion at which the clergy and Readers (lay ministers) of the diocese are invited to reaffirm the promises they have made in their ministry, before the bishop. As in recent years, in order to include more clergy and Readers, the bishops will each preside at a Chrism Eucharist in different centres in the diocese on Tuesday in Holy Week.

Paris - Tuesday 26 March, 11.30 am, 
St George’s Church
Bishop Geoffrey presiding and preaching. 

Florence - Tuesday 26 March, 12.00 noon, St Mark’s Church
Bishop David presiding. Preacher: Canon Simon Godfrey, Chancellor of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valetta. 
A simple lunch will follow both services
As the laity play an important role in representing the whole body of the faithful, they are strongly encouraged to attend these services where possible.

Clergy and Readers attending the Eucharist at St George’s, Paris should inform the chaplain, the Revd Matthew Harrison, that you will be present ( 
Clergy and Readers attending the Eucharist in Florence should inform the chaplain, the Revd William Lister, that you will be present ( 
Clergy should bring an alb (or cassock and surplice) and a white stole or preaching scarf. Readers should bring a cassock and surplice or alb and Reader scarf 

Oils will be available for distribution after the services. Clergy who cannot attend but who wish to receive supplies of newly-blessed oil for anointing the sick and candidates for baptism (the bishops bring Chrism oil with them for confirmations etc) should contact Mrs Bron Panter at the diocesan office on + 44 020 7898 1155 (or, who will keep a list of requests.
Directions to the Churches are below. Please click the read more link.

St George’s Church, Paris
Located at 7 rue Auguste-Vacquerie, 75116 Paris
Telephone: +33 1 47 20 22 51
Please be at the church not less than 30 minutes before the service which begins at 11.30 am..

St Mark’s Church, Florence
Located at Via Maggio 18, 50125 Florence
Telephone: +39 055 29 47 64
Please be at the church not less than 30 minutes before the service which begins at 1200 noon

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