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Chichester Cathedral Prepares to Welcome Hundreds During Easter (posted 16 April 2014)

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Chichester Cathedral prepares to welcome hundreds of visitors over Easter...

Chalices and Candles at the High Altar
Chalices and Candles at the High Altar

Holy Week and the Easter Weekend will see hundreds of people attend Easter services at Chichester Cathedral.

In addition to the Cathedral's daily services, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week there are special Holy Communion services taking place at 6.30pm with addresses given by The Reverend Canon Jeremy Davies, formerly Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral. 

On Maundy Thursday there will be a Eucharist at 7.30pm to remember the Last Supper and Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

On Good Friday a sung Mattins service will take place at 10am followed a Three Hours Devotion at 12noon. This moving service will include the Liturgy of the Passion at 1.30pm where the choir will sing the Passion according to St John to music by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

The Easter Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter will take place on Saturday, Easter Eve, at 7.30pm. This service begins with the Cathedral in darkness before the Easter candle is lit. The service is filled with readings, psalms and hymns.

On Easter Day itself there are three services. The Mattins service at 10am will include an Easter sermon by the Acting Dean and Precentor, Canon Tim Schofield. The Bishop of Chichester, The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner will give his Easter Day sermon at the Sung Eucharist at 11am, and Easter Day Evensong will be at 3.30pm.

Throughout Easter, an Easter Garden will also be on display in the North Nave Aisle.

Visitors are warmly welcome at any of these services.  For a full timetable, and for information about other events, please click here.

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