Bishop Philip has written to ordained ministers to invite them to take part in the Chrism Eucharist at Truro Cathedral on Maundy Thursday (April 14).

With services in 2020 and 2021 affected by Covid-19, it would be particularly meaningful to be able to come together properly this year.

In his letter, Bishop Philip says:

“This annual event gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own call to ordained ministry in the light of the events of Holy Week.

“This is a very important opportunity for us all to be together and I do hope as many as possible will be present, especially as it is now three years since we have been able to be together in this way. At the end of the Eucharist we will offer anointing to all those present, as a sign of the grace upon which we all depend in ministry and which is freely given to us in Christ. And as ever oils will be blessed for use throughout the year.

“It is right that we reflect in this way on our own calling to ordained ministry, but we should not do so in an exclusive way. I know many lay people, if not constrained by other commitments, appreciate the opportunity to reaffirm their own commitment to ministry and indeed to receive anointing for themselves if they so wish. Do therefore invite others to join us, and please let people know about this event so that they can pray for and with us even if they cannot be there themselves.

“I look forward very much to seeing you in the cathedral at 10.30am on Maundy Thursday.”