I was pleasantly surprised this morning at the Palm Sunday Mass that so many people managed to get to church despite the atrocious weather. Whilst it was not possible to hold the usual outdoor Procession we did manage a Procession in church.
Tomorrow the Bishop of Richborough will be celebrating the Chrism Mass at Chelmsford Cathedral starting at 12 noon.
Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.