Holy Week and Easter

March 28, 2021 April 5, 2021
St Edmundsbury Cathedral

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

Palm Sunday Eucharist, 28 March

11 am Choral Eucharist
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. Scored for unison men’s chorus and organ and composed by Maurice Durufle in 1966, this was his last major work and demonstrates his distinct assurance, intense personal musical language and originality.

Monday 29 March

2 pm Music Meditation – William Saunders, organ. Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV768 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

5.30 pm Sung Vespers

7 pm Sung Compline with address

Tuesday 30 March

2 pm Music Meditation – Richard Cook, organ.

5.30 pm Sung Vespers

7 pm Sung Compline with address

Wednesday 31 March

2 pm Music Meditation – Dan Soper, organ.

5.30 pm Sung Vespers

7 pm Sung Compline with address

Thursday 1 April

11 am Maundy Thursday Diocesan Chrism Mass, with renewal of baptismal and ministry promises
Preacher: The Bishop
Music: Communion Mass by Harold Darke

7 pm Mass of the Last Supper
Music: Mass of the Quiet Hour by George Oldroyd

Good Friday

12 noon Good Friday Reflection 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 Good Friday Liturgy
With Proclamation and Veneration of the Cross, litany and passion narrative

4 pm Service for Children

6.30 pm Good Friday Reflective Recital
Music: St Mark Passion by Charles Wood
Sung by the Edmund Consort

Easter Sunday

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

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

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

Bank Holiday Monday

12 noon Easter Alleluias – Organ Recital