Holy Week at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
We’re marking Holy Week with a series of special services, plus an exclusive concert. We also welcome Father Charlie Annis, from the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, as our Holy Week Preacher
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, 10 April, with our usual 8.00 am Holy Communion and 9.00 am All-Ages Eucharist. The 10.30 am Eucharist will include the Palm Sunday Procession and Reading of the Passion of Christ. Choral Evensong follows at 3.30 pm. At 6.00 pm, we’ll be joined by the Façade Ensemble for a reflective concert which will include the Passion and Resurrection, a moving and powerful work by rising star composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. The Façade Ensemble are a critically-acclaimed chamber orchestra specialising in the music of 20th-century modernism, and performers will include BBC Young Musician of the Year participants and R3 New Generation Artists. The concert is free to attend, but please register here.
From Monday 11 April through to Wednesday 13 April, the service of Compline (Night Prayer) with a short address takes place at 7.00 pm, in addition to our usual morning and evening services.
On Maundy Thursday, 14 April, the annual Chrism Mass is led by the Bishop, 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. 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, 14 April, begins with the 10.30 am Churches Together Walk of Witness. Starting with a service in the Cathedral, there will follow a procession from the Cathedral across Angel Hill, up Abbeygate Street and along Buttermarket to the Market Square. The walk will be behind a large wooden cross and be accompanied by a single drumbeat.
At the Market Square there will be a stage, where, at about 11.10 am there will be a short service of songs, and dramatised readings. This will finish around 11.40 am with coffee and hot cross buns.
It’s then back to the Cathedral for the start of The Good Friday Meditation at 12.00 – 2.00 pm, led by Father Charlie Annis. These meditations can be joined at any time during the two hours. At 2.00 pm, the Good Friday Liturgy begins, which includes 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.
Holy Saturday, 16 April, offers an Easter Vigil and Confirmation Service which will be led by Bishop Martin.
Holy Week concludes with our Easter Day services on Sunday 17 April. Our usual 8.00 am Holy Communion and 9.00 am All-Ages Eucharist will be followed by a 10.30 am Festal Eucharist. Choral Evensong will be at 3.30 pm.
We hope you can join us during this special season.