Holy Week and Easter
The traditional services which mark Holy Week will continue virtually. Starting on Palm Sunday, Sunday 5 April, the service, which usually includes a procession through the Great Churchyard, will be livestreamed at 10 am and members of the congregation are being encouraged to make their own palm crosses at home.
Bishop Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich, will led the Holy Week devotions at 7 pm each day Monday to Thursday, 6-9 April, and at 12 noon on Good Friday, 10 April.
On Easter Day Bishop Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, will start the day with a dawn Vigil and Eucharist from his chapel in Ipswich. The great festival of Easter will be celebrated in a service led by the Dean of St Edmundsbury from his home in Bury St Edmunds.
‘It is during this difficult period, that we have to find a new way of being a church – worshipping online, through live-streamed videos on our Facebook page; pastoral care given over the phone; a bank of daily, uplifting music recitals, which our musicians recorded before the building’s closure – all evidence that, despite the empty offices, pews and pulpit, we as a church, are still here,’ comments the Very Reverend Joe Hawes, Dean of St Edmundsbury.
‘We will get through this time together, and the Cathedral will be here to witness to the enduring love of God in Christ Jesus when one day we can, once again, pass through its doors to find God in beauty, music, worship, prayer and community.’