From 29 March to 5 April there are over thirty services and events in Salisbury Cathedral marking Easter and Holy Week, one of the most important periods in the church calendar.
The Revd Tom Clammer, Canon Precentor said “Holy Week affords us time to reflect and celebrate the story of Christ as he makes his journey towards the Cross and then out into the glory of resurrection light. The mixture of anticipation and celebration characteristic of this period is mirrored in dramatic liturgy, music and worship. It’s not just a time for adult contemplation either. We offer worship for families, especially those with young children, in which we try to bring this mystical story alive for a children’s congregation. In the Palm Sunday Procession members of the Cathedral Sunday Club, along with a donkey from Farmer Giles’ Farmstead, re-enact the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem! There’s also a Service for Children and Families on Good Friday, 3 April at which the Junior Choir sing.
“In addition to collective worship and reflection, individual time is also be available. Confessions are being heard on Monday 30 March and Thursday 2 April at 16.30 in the Audley Chapel or by appointment with the clergy, and a Walk of Witness takes place at 11.00 on Good Friday, 1 April starting at the Cathedral’s West Front. This is a significant time for Christians and we are keen to share our worship with young and old, families, visitors and, of course, our regular congregation.”
Amongst the services being held throughout Easter and Holy Week there are also special services. The Eucharist of the Passion at 10.30 on Palm Sunday, 29 March, begins with the Liturgy of the Palms and the Palm Procession from Choristers’ Green in the Close into the Cathedral. Those attending should assemble on Choristers Green at 10.15.
MONDAY of Holy Week
On Monday 30 March at 19.30 The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA will preach at the Service of Reconciliation and Salisbury Cathedral Chamber Choir will sing.
TUESDAY of Holy Week
The Devotion on the Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31 at 19.30 takes the form of Tenebrae or Service of Shadows with music by Francis Poulenc, sung by Salisbury Cathedral Choir. The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori will preach.
WEDNESDAY of Holy Week
On Wednesday, 1 April at 19.30pm the orchestra La Folia, conducted by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, David Halls, joins the Cathedral choir in a Holy Week Meditation. Music will include Allegri, Hassler and James Macmillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori will give the devotional reflection. Tickets are £18 - £10 and available from Salisbury Playhouse box office 01722 320333.
11.00 Eucharist of the Chrism and Re-affirmation of Vows
19.30 Eucharist of the Last Supper and Watch
The Good Friday Family Service at 10.00 will be followed by the Good Friday Devotion from 12.00 - 13.15, led by the Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori. She will preach again 13.30 during The Liturgy of the Day at which the Cathedral Choir will sing.
Worship on Easter Day, 5 April, begins at 04.30 with vigil readings followed by the Dawn Liturgy at 05.30 at which the Very Rev June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury Cathedral will preach. At the start of the service a large bonfire will be lit on the lawn at the West Front. Breakfast follows. For breakfast tickets ring 01794 340204
Finally there will be Sung Eucharist and Blessing of the Easter Garden at 10.30am and a rousing Festal Evensong at 15.00.