On Monday the Bishop of Richborough celebrated the Chrism Mass at Chelmsford Cathedral. It was a bitterly cold day and the wind around the cathedral was very icy. The main body of the Cathedral was full. Sadly the Cathedral Authorities have seen fit to impose a charge for the use of the Cathedral for the Chrism Mass of £700. I think this is really a scandal – they did so last year and, if the Anglo-Catholics wish to continue to use the Cathedral for this event, they will continue to do so. It seems to me that there is a message here – something upon the lines of “go away – you’re not wanted.” Makes a complete nonsense of the supposed “honoured” place Catholics were promised. It must be a matter of debate as to whether we can go to our Cathedral in the future or possibly seek an alternative venue.
In the evening I celebrated the Monday in Holy Week Mass at St. Augustine’s and gave a brief homily. Later today (Tuesday) I have the Redbridge Council Christian Union Service for their Holy Week service at the Ilford Hospital Chapel in the presence of the Deputy Mayor.