Preparations are underway for one of the most important periods in the Church calendar, Holy Week and Easter. A range of ‘in person’ services have been scheduled and, where that is not possible due to continuing restrictions on worship with choral music, services will be streamed.
The Revd Anna Macham, Canon Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral said: “Worship during Holy Week and Easter reflects some of the most important aspects of our faith, so to be able to worship in person is wonderful, especially after worshippers were not able to access the building at all for Holy Week and Easter in 2020 during the first lockdown. We would love a full return to normal, but we will have to bide our time and be patient. Meanwhile, we look forward welcoming the community online, in person and in their hearts at this special time.”
On Holy Saturday, the Cathedral is open from 10:00-16:00 for a day of candle lighting, prayer and meditation. All are welcome- you don’t need to book, but your details will be taken for test and trace. For a donation you can collect a white lily and place it at our Easter Garden in memory of a loved one, to be blessed on Easter Day.
A special Family Service for Easter Day, featuring a virtual choir made up of 58 children from across the region will be premiered at 13:00 on Easter Sunday. The virtual children’s choir will sing Philip Wilby’s sacred song, Make me a light, as part of a joint Cathedral School and Cathedral Outreach project, for which special lessons and training sessions were provided online.
Nick Hawker, Deputy Head of Salisbury Cathedral School, who headed up the project said: “We are delighted that so many children have followed the lessons provided by Susie Lamb, our Director of Music, and David Halls, the Cathedral’s Director of Music, and will be taking part in the service on Easter Day. Children have felt the impact of lockdown keenly, and this is one way they can all come together as a team to enjoy making music.”
A special Easter Monday Organ Concert will premiere on the Cathedral website at 19.30 on Monday 5 April. John Challenger, Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, performs a programme themed around Easter. After the premiere the concert will be available to listen again/or later on the Cathedral YouTube Channel. The concert is free but any donations toward the Recovery Appeal would be very welcome.
Booking is essential for all ‘in person’ services due to limited capacity, driven by social distancing requirements - you can reserve your seats here. Masks must be worn at all times in the building and hand sanitizer should be used on entering the building. Live streamed services will be available on the day here.