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Holy Week and Easter 2018

Holy Week and Easter
Holy Week

Holy Week is the most vivid time in the Church's year, as worship that has its origins in the early Church takes us on a journey that follows the events of Jesus' last days.

From Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through the Last Supper to his crucifixion and resurrection, we invite you to take part in liturgy that is full of drama and symbolism, a moving a transforming experience.

Everyone is welcome at any of our Holy Week events.

 

Sunday 25 March - PALM SUNDAY

8.00 - Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

10.00 - Choral Mattins
Responses: Tomkins
Benedicite: Archer
Benedictus: Moore
Palestrina - Pueri Hebraeorum
Preacher: The Rt Reverend Dr Alan Chesters

11.00 - Sung Eucharist with Procession of Palms
Berkeley - Missa Brevis
Weelkes - Hosanna to the Son of David
Monteverdi - Adoramus te

Before the service members of the congregation assemble outside on Cathedral Green, where the palms are blessed.  The Palm Sunday Gospel is read before everyone takes part in a procession along West Street into the Cathedral, recalling Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, beginning his journey to death and resurrection.

When the congregation reaches the Cathedral the services continues with a dramatic reading of the Passion.

3.30 - Choral Evensong
Responses: Tomkins
Weelkes - Sixth Service
Stainer - God so loved the world

 

HOLY WEEK

During the first three days of Holy Week, Holy Communion will be celebrated in the evening with an address given by the Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock.

This will be followed by a short devotional recital of music.

Holy Week
Holy Week

Monday 26 March

7.30 - Mattins (said)

8.00 - Holy Communion (Chapel of St Mary Magdalene)

5.30 - Choral Evensong
Responses: Plainsong
Amner - Short Service
Gesualdo - O vos omnes

6.30 - Holy Communion with short address
Preacher: The Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock

7.30 - Organ Meditation - Charles Harrison, Cathedral Organist
Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

 

Tuesday 27 March

7.30 - Mattins (said)

8.00 - Holy Communion (Chapel of St John the Baptist)

12.00 - Diocesan Chrism Mass
Jones - Coventry Gloria
Walton - Missa Brevis
Tallis - O sacrum convivium
Quigley - There is a longing
Preacher: The Rt Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

The Chrism Eucharist brings the clergy and laity of the diocese together to renew their commitment to follow Christ.  The clergy renew their ordination vows before the Bishop, and the Oils of the sick, of baptism and of chrism are blessed.  At the end of the service, the oils are distributed for use in parishes throughout the diocese.

5.30 - Evening Prayer (said)

6.30 - Holy Communion with short address
Preacher: The Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock

7.30 - Organ Meditation - Timothy Ravalde, Assistant Organist
An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653
Da Jesus an dem Kreuzes stund BWV 621
Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 620
Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, dass du für uns gestorben bist BWV 623
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV 618
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross BWV 622
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

 

Wednesday 28 March

7.30 - Mattins (said)

8.00 - Holy Communion (Chapel of St George)

1.10 - Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

5.30 - Evening Prayer (said)

6.30 - Holy Communion with short address
Preacher: The Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock

7.30 - Choral Meditation
Lamentations - Alonso Lobo (1555-1617)

 

Thursday 29 March - MAUNDY THURSDAY

8.00 - Mattins (said)

10.30 - Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

5.30 - Evening Prayer (said)

7.30 - The Eucharist of the Last Supper and Watch of Prayer
Palestrina - Missa Brevis
Duruflé - Ubi caritas
Byrd - Ave verum corpus
Poulenc - Tristis est anima mea
Preacher: The Rt Reverend Laurie Green

Jesus' words 'Do this in remembrance of me' resonate throughout this service as the commemorate the Last Supper, preceded by Jesus' supreme example of service as he washed the feet of his disciples.

At the end of the service the sacrament is taken in procession to the Shrine of St Richard, where silent vigil is kept until midnight, as we watch and wait with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Please feel free to come and go silently at any point during the vigil.

Shrine
The Shrine of St Richard

Friday 30 March - GOOD FRIDAY

10.00 - Mattins (said)

12.00 - Three Hours Devotion with the Liturgy of the Passion at 1.30
Byrd - St John Passion
Sanders - The Reproaches
Bach - Crucifixus
Preacher: The Rt Reverend Laurie Green

The Three Hours Devotion begins with a sequence of readings, music and reflections followed at 1.30 by the Liturgy of the Passion.  After the account of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus sung by the Cathedral Choir, members of the congregation are invited to pray briefly before the cross.

5.30 - Evening Prayer (said)

 

Saturday 31 March - EASTER EVE

8.00 - Mattins (said)

5.30 - Evening Prayer (said)

7.30 - Easter Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter
Langlais - Messe Solennelle
Tallis - O sacrum convivium
Preacher: The Rt Reverend Laurie Green

Our watching and waiting is rewarded with light.  From a new fire the Paschal Candle is lit, and as each person's candle is lit the light 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.  The Easter Vigil is worship at its most vivid, and being part of it makes the following day's Easter celebrations even more dramatic.

 

Sunday 1 April - EASTER DAY

Welcome to our Easter celebration of Jesus' resurrection.  The simplicity of Lent is replaced with colour, flowers, magnificent hymns and choral music music, trumpets and Alleluias.

Everyone is welcome to join us for our Easter services, as this beautiful Cathedral once more proclaims: 'Christ is risen!  Alleluia!'

8.00 - Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

10.00 - Choral Mattins
Responses: Leighton
Stanford in B-flat
Scheidt - Surrexit Christus hodie
Preacher: The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, Dean

11.00 - Sung Eucharist
Mozart - Coronation Mass
President and Preacher: The Rt Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

3.30 - Choral Evensong
Responses: Leighton
Leighton - Collegium Magdalenae
Phillips - Surgens Jesus

Sutherland
Noli me tangere
 
 
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