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Holy Week and Easter Highlights

The Holy Week and Easter period is the most important in the church year and a busy time for the Revd Tom Clammer,...

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Holy Week and Easter Highlights

Posted By : Amber Rawlings Wednesday 16th March 2016

The Holy Week and Easter period is the most important in the church year and a busy time for the Revd Tom Clammer, Canon Precentor and the Cathedral's Head of Liturgy and Music. With over thirty services and events taking place over the seven days from Palm Sunday (20 March) to Easter Day (27 March), the liturgy follows the story of Christ as he makes his journey to the Cross and ultimately to his Resurrection.


The Revd Tom Clammer, Canon Precentor explains: “The mixture of anticipation and celebration that marks out our worship during Holy Week and Easter is embedded in the words we say, the music we sing and in the appearance of the Cathedral itself. It is a moving and dramatic story that sits at the heart of what we, as Christians, believe. It is a time for all people to come together in worship, with several services particularly designed with children and families in mind. The mystical story is brought alive through the re-enactment of Jesus' ride into Jerusalem, with a donkey from Farmer Giles’ Farmstead playing a key role in the Palm Sunday Procession. Of course the whole church keeps this special time, and one mark of our unity is the Churches Together Walk of Witness at 11.00 on Good Friday, 25 March as we recall the death of Jesus. At 5.30am on Easter morning, in a blaze of celebration, we rejoice in Christ's resurrection."

Holy Week and Easter highlights:
Palm Sunday
Sunday 20 March
10:30 The Eucharist with Procession of Palms
(assemble on Choristers Green) 
Monday of Holy Week
Monday 21 March
16:30 Confessions (Audley Chapel)
19:30 Service of Reconciliation
Tuesday of Holy Week
Tuesday 22 March
19:30 Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows
Wednesday of Holy Week
Wednesday 23 March
19:30 Choral Foundation Holy Week Concert - Music by MacMillan and Scarlatti
Maundy Thursday
Thursday 24 March
11:00 Eucharist of the Chrism and Re-affirmation of Vows
19:30 Eucharist of the Last Supper
21:00 Watch of the Passion
Good Friday
Friday 25 March
10:00 A Service for Children and their Families
11:00 Churches Together Walk of Witness (departs from the Close)
12:00 Good Friday Devotion
13:30 The Liturgy of Good Friday
Easter Day
Sunday 27 March
04:30 The Easter Vigil Readings Chapter House
05:30 The Easter Liturgy - Breakfast follows in the Refectory at 07:00. Tickets are £4.50 and are available on 01794 340204 or via the Vestry during Holy Week.
10:30 The Eucharist with blessing of the Easter Garden
15:00 Festal Evensong