Lent, Holy Week & Easter at Chichester Cathedral

7th Feb 2024
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Join our community as we follow the path of Jesus' journey to death and resurrection, whist finding solace in the tranquil surroundings of this ancient Cathedral. 

These services and events offer a meaningful opportunity to pause, reflect, and pray, considering the Lenten theme of Watch and Pray: Wisdom and hope for Lent and Life - a poignant reminder to await God's comforting presence amidst the challenge, and turbulence, of daily life. 

All are invited to attend services at Chichester Cathedral, in-person and streamed online. There is no need to book for these services.


Sung Eucharist for Ash Wednesday with Imposition of Ashes 

WHEN: Wednesday 14th February (5.30pm) 

WHERE: Nave (also livestreamed) 

All are welcome to join us as we mark the beginning of Lent with this special Eucharist service, in which we receive the mark of the cross in ash, an ancient symbol of penitence.  

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament  

WHEN: Wednesdays 21st, 28th February, 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th March (3.00pm – 4.00pm) 

WHERE: Lady Chapel 

Join us for an hour of personal prayer and adoration as we sit, silently, with Jesus Christ our Saviour, present in the Blessed Sacrament. 

Diocese of Chichester Lent Course 2024 | Jesus The Lord 

WHEN: 12.00 - 2.00pm on Wednesdays throughout Lent 

WHERE: George Bell House, 4 Canon Lane 

This year’s Lent Course invites us to consider the vital question of who Jesus is and helps us to answer in faith: Jesus is the Christ, the Lord’s anointed Saviour, the light and hope of all the world (Matthew 16.13-20) 

Each section of this specially commissioned Lent course has biblical references on some facet of this theme for our personal and communal reading. These are followed by a selection of much-loved prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, with a short commentary to help us understand them better.

A profound reflection on the theme, written by a priest of this diocese then follows. We are also invited to reflect on Martin Earle’s depiction of the cross of Jesus and, as the weeks go by, to ponder individual aspects of the cross as they interpret key moments in the life of Our Lord. In this way, God’s Word in Scripture is unpacked through prayer and worship, to lead us deeper into the mystery of faith (1 Timothy 3.9) - into closer relationship with Christ our Lord, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2.3). 

  • Week One (21st February): Jesus The Lord, Giving Himself 
  • Week Two (28th February): Jesus The Lord, Forgiving Sins 
  • Week Three (6th March): Jesus The Lord, Healing The Sick 
  • Week Four (13th March): Jesus The Lord, Hearing Prayer 
  • Week Five (20th March): Jesus The Lord, Enlightening The World 
  • Week Six (27th March): We will meet from 10.00am to 1.00pm to read through the Gospel of John. Tea and Coffee will be provided. Please bring your own Bibles 


If you would like to attend any or all of these sessions, please contact us by Tuesday 14th February. Please do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements: 

Holy Week & Easter  

Journey with us through the poignant moments of Holy Week, retracing the steps of Jesus' final days — from the triumphant entry on Palm Sunday to the solemnity of the Last Supper, the anguish of Good Friday's crucifixion, and the jubilant resurrection on Easter Day. 

Palm Sunday 

WHEN: Sunday 24th March 

8.00am - Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer (said) 
9.15am - Service for Children, Families and Caregivers 
10.15am - Choral Mattins 
11.15am – Sung Eucharist with Procession of Palms (also livestreamed) 
3.00pm - A Service of Readings and Anthems for Holy Week (also livestreamed) 

Holy Monday & Tuesday - Choral Compline 

WHEN: Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th March (8.00pm) 

WHERE: Quire & Presbytery  

Compline is a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It derives its name from the Latin word for "completion", referring to the completion of the waking day. 

Holy Wednesday - Tenebrae: The Liturgy of Shadows 

WHEN: Wednesday 27th March (8.00pm) 

WHERE: Nave 

A service of readings, reflection and organ music. Candles are lit, and extinguished, as we recount Jesus’ last days. 

Maundy Thursday 

WHEN: Thursday 28th March 

8.00am - Holy Communion 
8.30am - Mattins said 
10.30am - Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer 
5.30pm - Evening Prayer said 
7.00pm - The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday (also livestreamed) 

Good Friday 

WHEN: Friday 29th March 

8:30am - Mattins said 
9:30am - The Easter Story Retold: A Service for Children, Families and Caregivers 
12:00pm - Three Hours' Devotion (also livestreamed) 
1:30pm - The Liturgy of the Passion (also livestreamed) 

Easter Eve – Easter Vigil 

WHEN: Saturday 30th March (7.30pm) 

In this special service marking the beginning of our Easter celebrations, our watching and waiting throughout Lent is rewarded with light. 

Easter Day 

WHEN: Sunday 31st March 

We celebrate Jesus’ glorious resurrection from the dead in the following services: 

8.00am - Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer (said) 
9.15am - Service for Children, Families and Caregivers 
10.15am - Choral Mattins 
11.15am - Sung Eucharist (livestreamed) 
3.00pm - Choral Evensong (livestreamed)

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Image: Hanging altar crucifix for St Mary of the Assumption Catholic Cathedral in Aberdeen. Painted by Martin Earle and Jim Blackstone at the Chichester Workshop for Liturgical Art. Based in South Harting, and working with Chichester Cathedral, the Chichester Workshop for Liturgical Art is establishing itself as an international centre for the production and teaching of traditional liturgical art. (Image courtesy of Martin Earle, 2023)


7th Feb 2024
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