Preparing for the Paschal Feast: A Morning of Reflection, Eucharist & Blessing of Chrism for All

February 10, 2016

On Tuesday in Holy Week, March 22, from 10 am to 12 pm, I invite all members of the diocese to gather with me at St. James Cathedral for a time of preparation for the celebrations of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. I want to offer this day as a time of refreshment and reflection, especially for those of us (ordained and not ordained) who exercise leadership in the church. 

We will gather in prayer with meditations on the rites of the Paschal Triduum; we will celebrate the Eucharist at 11 am with the blessing of Chrism; and we’ll share a simple lunch. I hope many deacons and priests will be present for this day, and I am particularly eager for lay persons to attend and especially for the participation of persons who may be preparing for Baptism or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows at the Vigil.

As I have said before, I am glad to bless Chrism for the use of congregations on my formal visitations – that is the practice I believe the Prayer Book envisions. I am also happy to offer this blessing of Chrism in Holy Week just before the premier occasion in the year for the celebration of Christian Initiation. On this Tuesday in Holy Week we will bless a large quantity of Chrism for use in your congregations. (Please bring a clean, glass container or containers with a lid. Eight ounce containers are recommended.)

Please use this link to RSVP.

In Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee
Bishop of Chicago