Connecting with the Easter story

This year, as we journey through Holy Week, our shared experience of dark days, trials, isolation and death, draw us even more closely into the story of Christ’s Passion.

For some it has felt like the sorrows of Gethsemane and Good Friday have been a much lived experience. The loneliness of lockdown, the solitary suffering of mourners, our NHS staff attending the bedside of the dying when families were unable to watch and pray with their loved ones, all resonate with the story of Holy Week.

We have witnessed acts of generosity and lavish gestures of love reminding us of the anointing of Christ at Bethany and the foot washing ministry of Christ. Many have placed themselves at risk for the sake of others even to the point of their own death.

Together as a society we have reached out in love to those in greatest need and vulnerability, sacrificing our freedoms for the safety of others. Throughout the year candles and buildings were lit up as symbols of hope and solidarity, as we walked a painful road.

This Good Friday we recall the wondrous sacrifice of Christ for the sake of the world.  We pause to stand before the Cross and contemplate the immensity of God’s love for us all and the depths of forgiveness and reconciliation won for us through Christ’s passion.

In a year that has been filled with longing for renewed hope, new beginnings and life restored we arrive at Easter Day and the joyful Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus, just as we too begin to emerge from the tombs of lockdown into the light and life of springtime.  With the vaccination roll out we begin to cast aside death and isolation and celebrate the signs of hope and new life emerging on the horizon. We rejoice in the opportunity to meet with loved ones once more. Easter moments.

The redeeming work of the Cross and Resurrection restores us to a new and everlasting relationship with God. As we light the Easter candle and ring the bells this year, flooding the cathedral with flowers and Alleluias, may we all know and encounter the blessing and gift of Christ’s victory over darkness and death.

This year, as we connect so powerfully with the Easter story, may we all experience an outpouring of joy and rise with Christ on the wings of love.

CHRISTINE WILSON, DEAN

Worship & Mission

1 April: MAUNDY THURSDAY
8am Morning Prayer
8.30am Holy Communion
5.30pm Evening Prayer
7.30pm EUCHARIST OF THE LAST SUPPER

2 April: GOOD FRIDAY
9.30am LITURGY OF GOOD FRIDAY
12noon Three Hours Service
5.30pm Evening Prayer

3 April: EASTER EVE
9am Morning Prayer
4.30pm Evening Prayer
8pm EASTER VIGIL AND FIRST EUCHARIST OF EASTER

4 April: EASTER DAY
7.45am Litany
8am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST with Blessing of the Easter Garden and Renewal of Baptismal Promises
3.45pm EVENSONG

Change to worshipping pattern from Easter Day
From Easter Day onwards we are slightly revising the pattern of worship – see below for details. Evensong will be replaced by Evening Prayer at the Shrine of St Hugh outside of choir term-time.

Sunday
7.45am – Litany (BCP), St Hugh’s Shrine
8am – Holy Communion (BCP), St Hugh’s Shrine
10am SUNG EUCHARIST (Choristers and Lay Vicars), Nave
12.30pm – Holy Communion (BCP), St Hugh’s Shrine
3.45pm – CHORAL EVENSONG (Lay Vicars), St Hugh’s Choir

Monday
8am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – Evening Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine

Tuesday
8am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
8.30am – Holy Communion, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – CHORAL EVENSONG (Choristers and Lay Vicars), Nave

Wednesday
8am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist (BCP), St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – Evening Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine

Thursday
8am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
8.30am – Holy Communion, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – CHORAL EVENSONG (Lay Vicars), St Hugh’s Choir

Friday
8am – Morning Prayer at St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist at St Hugh’s Shrine
5 30pm – CHORAL EVENSONG (Choristers and Lay Vicars), Nave

Saturday
9am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
4.30pm – Evening Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine

Access for services in the Nave is via the northern entrance of the West Front, and access for services at the Shrine of St Hugh is via the Judgement Door at the south-eastern end.

The only further significant changes that are anticipated are the reintroduction of Choral Evensong at 5 30pm on Saturdays at some point during the coming term, and the resumption of Choral Mattins on Sundays once we have re-established the choristers and started to make good the loss of skill and repertoire that has taken place of the past year or so.  (Likewise, Evensong on Mondays will be reinstated once the choristers have regained sufficient strength and repertoire that rehearsal time can be reduced).

Looking ahead: Special services as we mark out Eastertide

Thursday 13 May – Ascension Day
7am Eucharist for Ascension Day, Morning Chapel
5.30pm CHORAL EVENSONG (Lay Vicars), St Hugh’s Choir
7.30pm SUNG EUCHARIST with Cantor and Organ, Nave

Friday 14 May – Mathias, Apostle
5.30pm FESTAL EVENSONG (Choristers & Lay Vicars), Nave

Sunday 23 May PENTECOST (Whitsunday)
10am SUNG EUCHARIST for Pentecost, (Choristers & Lay Vicars), Nave
3 45pm FESTAL EVENSONG (Lay Vicars), St Hugh’s Choir

Community

David Pallister
On Sunday 11 April the High Sheriff Michael Scott will be attending our 10am Eucharist. He will be presenting a High Sheriff’s award to David Pallister one of our Head Stewards.

David has really gone the extra mile this year as a cathedral volunteer and we are delighted to demonstrate our own thankfulness for his ministry amongst us as he receives this award.

On behalf of Dean and Chapter we wish you all a very happy Easter!

Bible Readings

Sunday 4 April
Easter Day

Eucharist
Isaiah 25: 6-9
Acts 10: 34-43
John 20: 1-18

Evening Prayer
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Luke 24: 13-35

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Sunday 11 April
Second Sunday of Easter

Eucharist
Acts 4: 32-35
1 John 1: 1-2: 2
John 20: 19-end

Evening Prayer
Isaiah 26: 1-9, 19
Romans 4: 13-25

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Sunday 18 April
Third Sunday of Easter

Eucharist
Acts 3: 12-19
1 John 3: 1-7
Luke 24: 36b-48

Evening Prayer
Deuteronomy 7: 7-13
Revelation 2: 1-11