If you missed our online progamme for Holy Week and Easter you can review it and use links to catch up on our dedicated content below
For centuries Morning Prayer and Evensong have taken place daily here, as have regular Sunday services and weekday Eucharists. Last week much changed and the ancient rhythm of prayer, song and reflection had to be reimagined for our new and strange times.
Although the early results were more ‘Bridget Jones’ than the polished and beautiful liturgy we all know and love, within a week the pattern of prayer and reflection has been established. Different but full of the same spirit. There is a Daily Reflection at 17:00 from Monday to Friday which you can access here – and if you miss the live broadcast there’s an opportunity to catch up on previous broadcasts here.
This reinvention of worship has never been more important than in the week to come. Holy Week is the most important week of the Christian year, a time when Christians remember the Jesus’ triumphant ride into Jerusalem, his crucifixion and his resurrection.
Canon Anna Macham, Canon Precentor explains: “The events of Holy Week and Easter are a turning point in our faith, and a turning point in human history. In ordinary times we relive those events through our worship, but while it is still not possible to meet in person, we hope to share the experience virtually, through streamed services offering the opportunity to embark on a life-changing journey together even though we are apart.
“At 17:00 every day from Palm Sunday through to Holy Wednesday, there will be a Daily Reflection. The Reflections will be given by the members of the Bishop’s senior staff team, preparing us for the Easter Triduum, the Great Three Days that stretch form the evening of Maundy Thursday to the eve of Easter Day.
“Alongside that we are also offering the opportunity to undertake an Holy Week Pilgimage of your own, a virtual experience that can be used as part of personal prayer and reflection.”
The Holy Week Pilgimage has been created by Patrick Price, the son of a former bishop, who scanned the entire of Cathedral, making it available to virtual form to worshippers whilst the real building is closed. Within the virtual building, those wishing to pray, listen or reflect can activate a window of music, readings and prayer on each day of Holy Week. It can be accessed here from Palm Sunday.
Times of Holy Week and Easter streamed services and times are below - they can all be accessed here :
- Sunday 5 April at 10.30 A Service of Words and Music for Palm Sunday, with blessing of palm crosses led by Salisbury cathedral’s Canon Treasurer, Canon Robert Titley. The Very Revd Nicholas Papdopulos, Dean of Salisbury, will preach the sermon
- Monday 6 April, Tuesday 7 April, Wednesday 8 April and Saturday 11 April at 19.30 Compline
- Thursday 9 April at 19.30 A Short Act of Worship for Maundy Thursday, with Address by the Ven Sue Groom, Archdeacon of Wilts
- Friday 10 April at 12.00 Good Friday Devotion conducted by the Ven Sue Groom, Archdeacon of Wilts followed at 13.30 by The Liturgy of Good Friday
- Sunday 12 April at 10.30 A Service of Words and Music for Easter Day led by Salisbury Cathedral’s Canon Precentor, Canon Anna Macham. The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, will preach the sermon
- Daily Reflections will take place from Sunday 5 April - Wednesday 8 April, and on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April at 17.00 online here.
For those wishing to mark the Easter vigil this year in a fuller way, in the absence of a Vigil or Dawn service, the Church of England has produced this on-line resource with material to last throughout the entire evening, night and early morning: www.rumoursofhope.co.uk
We hope you can join us - please remember that you can submit a prayer request online here.