Holy Week and Easter

March 28, 2021 April 5, 2021
St Edmundsbury Cathedral

The following services are open to the public but it is essential to book your places at each of these and as instructed in order for us to welcome as many people as possible, whilst keeping everyone in our community safe. Your help with this is much appreciated.

Please book for each service by emailing cathedralinvitations@stedscathedral.org giving the name of the service and the number of people who will be attending.

Please follow the additional instructions for those services marked with an asterisk*

  • Booking has now closed for attendance at services on Palm Sunday.
  • Booking is required by noon on the day for services Monday-Wednesday of Holy Week.
  • Booking is required by noon Wednesday 31 March for attendance at the services of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
  • Booking is required by noon on Friday 2 April for attendance at services on Easter Sunday.

Addresses at our Holy Week services are given by the Reverend John Summers, Chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Palm Sunday, 28 March

11 am Choral Eucharist – Cathedral Lay Clerks
Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week as we seek through music and liturgy to enter into the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although the traditional Palm Sunday procession will not be possible this year, Palm Crosses will be distributed.
The 11 am Choral Eucharist will include a dramatised reading of the Passion Narrative and music will include the Messe Cum Jubilo by Maurice Duruflé. Scored for unison men’s chorus and organ and composed in 1966, this was his last major work and demonstrates his distinct assurance, intense personal musical language and originality.

3.30 pm Evensong – Edmund Consort

Music: Fourth service by Adrian Batten

O Lord my God by Pelham Humfrey

7 pm Vespers – Cathedral Lay Clerks

Music: Vêpres de commun des fêtes de la Sainte-Vierge, Op 18 by Marcel Dupré

Monday 29 March

2 pm Music Meditation – William Saunders, organ [Livestreamed only]

Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 by Johann Sebastian Bach

5.30 pm Sung Vespers – Cathedral Lay Clerks

7 pm Sung Compline with address – Cathedral Lay Clerks [No booking required]

Tuesday 30 March

2 pm Music Meditation – Richard Cook, organ [Livestreamed only]

5.30 pm Sung Vespers – St Edmundsbury Singers

7 pm Sung Compline with address – St Edmundsbury Singers [No booking required]

Wednesday 31 March

2 pm Music Meditation – Dan Soper, organ [Livestreamed only]

5.30 pm Sung Vespers – Edmund Consort

7 pm Sung Compline with address – Edmund Consort [No booking required]

Thursday 1 April

11 am Maundy Thursday Diocesan Chrism Mass, with renewal of baptismal and ministry promises – Edmund Consort [Livestreamed only]
Preacher: The Bishop
Music: Communion Mass in A minor by Harold Darke

This service is not open to the public, and will be livestreamed via Facebook only.

7 pm Mass of the Last Supper – Edmund Consort

Music: Mass of the Quiet Hour by George Oldroyd

If ye love me by Thomas Tallis

A Litany by William Walton

8 pm – 9 pm Vigil *

9 pm – 10 pm Vigil *

10 pm – 11 pm Vigil *

11 pm – 12 midnight Vigil *

* Please note that these Vigil ‘shifts’ are being treated as separate from the Mass of the Last Supper in order for us to plan seating. Even if you hope to attend Mass and stay on for the first hour of the Vigil, you must make it clear that you are booking for both by emailing cathedralinvitations@stedscathedral.org.

We have split the evening into 1-hour segments for a maximum of 4 people to attend each. Please therefore state clearly which you hope to attend so that a rota can be drawn up for the Vigil.

Good Friday

10 am Service for Children [No booking required]

12 noon – 1 pm Devotion and Music *

1 pm – 2 pm Devotion and Music *

From 12 noon to 2 pm, led by the Reverend John Summers, Chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Music: Passion according to St John by William Byrd

2 pm – 3 pm Liturgy, with Proclamation and Veneration of the Cross, litany and passion narrative – Edmund Consort

7 pm Meditation with Music – Edmund Consort
Music: St Mark Passion by Charles Wood

* Please note that the two hours of the Devotion are being treated separately to allow people to attend as much of the service as they wish, but to help us plan seating for those who wish to leave early or join late.

You are of course welcome to book for both and stay for the whole two hours, or you can choose to attend one or the other half. Please make clear which you are planning to attend when you book by emailing cathedralinvitations@stedscathedral.org.

If you book for the 12 noon – 1 pm segment, you are welcome to stay in your pew beyond 1 pm if you wish.

If you book for the 1 pm – 2 pm segment, please arrive no earlier than 1 pm.

Holy Saturday 3 April

11 am Hymn Singalong with William Saunders – [Livestreamed only]

Easter Sunday

6 am Dawn Eucharist – Edmund Consort
Candlelit service with lighting of Easter Fire, Paschal Candle and Easter Proclamation

8 am BCP Holy Communion

11 am Festal Eucharist – Cathedral Choristers and Lay Clerks
Preacher: The Right Reverend Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Music: Mass in G by Franz Schubert
Hear my prayer by Felix Mendelssohn

3.30 pm Festal Evensong – Cathedral Choristers and Lay Clerks
Music: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Charles Villiers Stanford
I was glad by Hubert Parry
Ye choirs of New Jerusalem by Charles Villiers Stanford
The Easter Anthems by John Scott

Bank Holiday Monday

12 noon Easter Alleluias organ recital (Open link for details of programme) – William Saunders and Elli-Mae McGlone [Livestreamed only] .