Holy Week at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Holy Week at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

April 2, 2023 April 9, 2023
St Edmundsbury Cathedral

A full schedule of services and events for Holy Week can be downloaded here.


Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, 2 April, and the 10.30 am Eucharist will include the Palm Sunday Procession and Reading of the Passion of Christ. At 5.00 pm, the Façade Ensemble will give a reflective concert Jesus’ Blood: Hymns and Variations for Holy Week where they will celebrate the 80th birthday of composer Gavin Bryars with a rare opportunity to hear his immense work, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Find out more here.


From Monday 3 April through to Wednesday 5 April, the service of Compline (Night Prayer) takes place at 7.00 pm, in addition to our usual morning and evening services.

On Maundy Thursday, 6 April, we will have a Chrism Eucharist at 11.00 am, where Holy Oils for use in churches across Suffolk for the year ahead, are consecrated, and those in licensed ministry are invited to renew their ordination or commissioning promises. This service will be followed by refreshments.


Later in the day, The Mass of the Last Supper takes place at 7.00 pm commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus and the invitation ‘to love one another’. Maundy Thursday begins the Easter Triduum – the three days when Christians everywhere journey through the Passion, Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.


Good Friday, 7 April, begins with the 10.30 am Churches Together Walk of Witness, starting with a service in the Cathedral. The Good Friday Meditation starts at 12.00 pm and is followed by the Good Friday Liturgy at 2.00 pm. This will include the traditional Veneration of the Cross and singing of the Passion. We offer at Good Friday Children’s Service at 4.00 pm and encourage families to join us for a particularly child-friendly service, which tells the whole Easter story.


On Saturday 8 April, there will be Easter Vigil and Confirmation Service at 5.30 pm. Holy Week then concludes with our Easter Day services on Sunday 9 April. There will be the usual 8.00 am Holy Communion and 9.00 am All-Ages Eucharist will be followed by a 10.30 am Festal Sung Eucharist. Choral Evensong will be at 3.30 pm.

Holy Week at St Edmundsbury Cathedral