Join Chichester Cathedral in the week leading up to Easter as we follow the last days of Jesus, from his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through the Last Supper to his crucifixion and resurrection.
This year's schedule of activity for Holy Week responds to the passage: “For in hope we were saved” (Romans 8:24-27). The passage encourages us to look to the future with optimism, to focus on the events of Holy Week and Easter in a way that is empathetic of our current circumstances: of the pandemic, those it has affected and continues to impact.
Whether you are joining us in person, or online, we will provide opportunities for our community and beyond to worship, reflect and observe Holy Week and Easter regardless of your location. Read below to discover how you can be involved.
All events will be live-streamed to the Cathedral website, Facebook and YouTube pages, unless stated otherwise. Additional services, including Holy Communion (8.00am), Mattins (8.30am) and Evening Prayer are also available to attend throughout the week. Find out more about our upcoming services >>
For a number of these services we will also be joined by the Bishop of Chichester, The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner.
Palm Sunday (28th March)
Monday (29th March)
Tuesday (30th March)
Wednesday (31st March)
Maundy Thursday (1st April)
The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday, 7.00pm
Good Friday (2nd April)
The Liturgy of Good Friday, 3.00pm
Easter Eve (3rd April)
The Easter Liturgy, 7.00pm
Easter Day (4th April)
Online Resources & Activities
The Reverend Canon Dr Roland Riem, Canon Chancellor and Vice-Dean of Winchester Cathedral, will lead a series of online reflections over the Triduum (Maundy Thursday to Easter Day). The reflections, which focus upon the work of R.S. Thomas, comprise music and readings by members of the Cathedral community. The reflections will be published on the Cathedral website each day. Click here to watch the Reflections.
We will also be sharing behind-the-scenes interviews with the Cathedral staff and volunteers on social media, exploring how the Cathedral prepares for Holy Week and Easter.
Under the direction of our Organist & Master of the Choristers, Charles Harrison, a number of special recordings will also be released online. Click here to watch the recordings.
A Journey Through Flowers
Those who do join us for worship at the Cathedral will be invited to take a journey of reflection, hope and potential new beginnings – told through floral installations.
Our volunteer Flower Arrangers will also be creating a calla-lily installation in the Mary Magdalene Chapel. Mirroring the staircase in Graham Sutherland’s Noli me Tangere, the installation will be an opportunity for our community and visitors to reflect upon those impacted by the pandemic, the lives lost and affected in our city, diocese and nation.
A flower of remembrance can be sponsored for a small donation of £5.00. You can donate online or within the Cathedral:
Noli me Tangere | 60 Years
2021 marks the 60th anniversary of Graham Sutherland’s Noli me Tangere. This painting is important, not just as a significant piece of modern art in the Cathedral, but because it portrays the first realisation by a mortal that Christ had indeed risen from the dead.
To mark the occasion the Cathedral’s Chancellor, the Reverend Canon Daniel Inman, will join Director of Pallant House Gallery Simon Martin for an online event discussing the artist and the painting.
We will also be producing a series of short videos exploring the painting and its history, to be published online.