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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

All Saints Rome and their new priest Fr Rob Warren, host a Chrism mass

The three oils which were later presented for blessing and consecration
The Revd Rob Warren has been barely a month in post as Chaplain of All Saints Rome. He was rather dropped in the deep end by having to organise a major diocesan event in his parish - a Chrism Mass - which was celebrated last Tuesday. Clergy and readers, from Norway to Malta, attended the liturgy. A quartet of singers and the organist from All Saints provided a wonderful accompaniment to the service, and volunteers from All Saints laid on a light lunch for the 70 or so in attendance. Fr Rob and his team made us all feel very welcome. Such occasions go a long way in helping to address the isolation we can sometimes feel as clergy, especially in this diocese.

The readings for the day provided a chance to reflect on the challenges of ministry in a secularised Europe, and to be encouraged for that ministry. God calls us through his Son to be leaven and salt, gentle agents giving life and flavour around us. As ministers, whether bishop, priest, deacon or reader, we committed ourselves, following our Lord, to reach out to strengthen the weak, to heal the broken-hearted, to lift up the fallen and to invite all to the loving arms of God.

Fr Rob Warren - front left

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