In the week leading up to Easter, we follow the last days of Jesus, from his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through the Last Supper to his crucifixion and resurrection, through dramatic, symbolic and transforming liturgy:
Palm Sunday Procession: Sunday 5 April, 11.00am
The 11.00am Eucharist begins outside the Cathedral – palms are blessed, and the Gospel Reading tells of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We then process along West Street into the Cathedral, where the service continues with a dramatic reading of the Passion.
Holy Week Eucharists: Monday 6 - Wednesday 8 April, 6.30pm
During the first three days of Holy Week, additional services of Holy Communion are celebrated at 6.30pm.
Chrism Eucharist: Tuesday 7 April, 12.00 noon
In this service the clergy and laity of the diocese join together to renew their commitment to follow Christ, and the Bishop blesses the three Oils of the sick, of baptism and of chrism, which are then distributed for use in parishes.
Eucharist of the Last Supper: Thursday 9 April, 7.30pm
This service commemorates the Last Supper, preceded by Jesus’ supreme example of service as he washed the feet of his disciples. At the end of the service silent vigil is kept in the Shrine of St Richard until midnight, as we watch and wait with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. For the last days of Holy Week, we are joined by guest preacher The Reverend Canon Dr Roland Riem, Vice-Dean and Canon Chancellor of Winchester Cathedral.
Three Hours Devotion: Friday 10 April, 12.00 – 3.00pm
A sequence of readings, music and reflections led by The Reverend Canon Dr Roland Riem, followed at 1.30pm by the Liturgy of the Passion. The Cathedral Choir sings the account of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, and we are invited to pray before the cross.
Easter Vigil: Saturday 11 April, 7.30pm
Light drawn from the Paschal Candle spreads throughout the Cathedral. The victory of light over darkness, of life over death, is celebrated as we hear scriptural readings telling of our creation by God and how he restores us to new life. We process to the font to renew the promises we made at our baptism, then share in the first Eucharist of Easter.
Easter Day Services: Sunday 12 April
The simplicity of Lent is replaced with colour, flowers, magnificent hymns and choral music, trumpets and Alleluias. We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection in the following services:
8.00am – Holy Communion (said)
10.00am – Choral Mattins
11.00am – Sung Eucharist
3.30pm – Choral Evensong