Service of Renewal of Vows
14 March 2019 IN: Ministers
MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK
I am writing to invite you to join with me and the bishops of Bolton and Middleton for the annual service for the Renewal of Vows and the Blessing of Oils which will take place in Manchester Cathedral at 10.30am on Monday 15 April 2019.
I do believe that this is an important annual opportunity for deacons, priests and bishops to renew, and renew together, the vows we first made at ordination. I am particularly pleased to include retired clergy in this invitation, whose presence is always a powerful symbol of the lifelong nature of our calling; one which is not simply derivative from whatever office we hold at a particular moment.
As is our custom, Church Army evangelists and licensed lay-workers are also invited, and will similarly be asked to make an act of recommitment. Readers too are welcome to recommit themselves, here as at the annual Readers’ Service.
Please encourage lay people – especially, but by no means only, Readers and Churchwardens – to join with us, not least both to witness our renewals and to make their own response, as fellow disciples engaged in the ministry of all the baptised.
I would like to encourage as many as feel able to do so to robe on this occasion. All clergy are invited to wear alb and white stole, or surplice and scarf; Evangelists, Readers and others to wear their accustomed vesture. Robing will take place in the Regimental Chapel. The procession will depart promptly at 10.30 am. Any unable or not wishing to robe are welcome to sit among the congregation, and to take full part in the renewals from there.
We shall include in our prayers those clergy and other ministers who have died during the past year and who served in, or had connections with, this diocese. Please let Canon Ian Jorysz (firstname.lastname@example.org) have beforehand the names of the departed, even if you think we already know.There will also be a list near the south door of the cathedral for you to add names if any occur to you nearer the time.
The newly blessed oils (baptism, sick and chrism) will be available immediately after the service for taking back to parishes (please provide your own containers). There will also be opportunity after the service to receive prayer with anointing from the bishops.
For some of you the more appropriate occasion will be the equivalent service led by the Bishop of Beverley, who is a full Assistant Bishop in Manchester. Be assured that I fully understand and respect that, and ask only that you hold us in your prayers, as we shall you.
May God bless you in your ministry and in your Lenten observance, as we approach our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection.