Holy Week is a quiet and sombre time as Christians recall the death of Jesus on the Cross and look forward to the joy of Easter, the most important festival of the Christian year. Everyone is welcome to attend the services and events during this period, where there will also be a new Easter Garden created outside the Cathedral.
Please note that during Holy Week and Easter the Cathedral’s opening times for visitors will vary. Please see the Visit Us page for the latest information.
The Easter Garden Saturday 25 March – Friday 26 May
New this year, a living Easter Garden will be created next to the Visitor Entrance into the Cloisters. The vision of Hampshire-based horticultural designer Andy Mcindoe, the Mediterranean plants will draw visitors back to the landscape and story of Jesus. Three crosses and a sealed tomb will remind us of his sacrificial death and burial on Good Friday, before the stone is rolled aside and the tomb opened on Easter Day as we recall Jesus’ defeat of death and promise of salvation. The garden will continue throughout the season of Eastertide.
07:30 – Morning Prayer
07:45 – The Eucharist
17:30 – Evening Prayer
19:30 – Stainer: Crucifixion The Cathedral Choir performs Stainer’s sacred oratorio for Lent.
Maundy Thursday, 6 April
07:30 – Morning prayer
07:45 – The Eucharist
11:00 – Eucharist of the Chrism and Re-Affirmation of Vows Celebrating ministry and service, the Chrism Mass is an opportunity for the clergy and everyone to renew their Christian commitment by renewing their ordination vows. The Bishop leads this service and blesses oils for use in ministry during the following year.
17:30 – Choral Evensong
19:30 – The Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper
21:00-00:00 – The Watch of the Passion
The Cathedral is is prepared for Easter while quiet prayer around the cross takes place. Visitors to the Cathedral on this day will be invited to spend a few moments of quiet reflection.
08:30 – Morning Prayer
10:00-16:30 – Meditation and Prayers
16:30 – Evening Prayer
Easter Day, 9 April
At the end of the Easter Vigil we move outside for the ‘sun arising in the East.’ We kindle a fire, from which the Easter Candle is lit, then enter the still-dark Cathedral and raise the candle as a sign of Jesus’ rising.