From Sunday 28 March, Lincoln Cathedral will once again use a special lighting scheme to mark Holy Week and the run up to Easter Day.

The colours will reflect the traditional liturgical colours of holy week which are used for vestments, altar fronts and other liturgical linens in the Cathedral.

From Palm Sunday on 28 March, when Christian worshippers celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, to Wednesday 31 March, the Cathedral will be lit in red and on Maundy Thursday (1 April), this will change to white as we contemplate the Last Supper, and Jesus’ command to his disciples to love one another.

On Good Friday and Easter Eve (2 and 3 April) the lights will become red as the passion, suffering and death of Christ is remembered.

Finally, on Easter Day, as befits a day of celebration, the Cathedral will be bathed in a glorious gold as we celebrate the transforming effect of the resurrection and the hope offered by new life.

The Revd Canon Nick Brown said, “Being able to mark the progress through Holy Week in such a visual way is a great aid to sharing the Easter story with everyone across the city, not just those who enter the Cathedral. It is a way for us to join together in worship and reflection at a time when it is still difficult to come together in person, and through the lights shining across the city people can join in the events of Holy Week that will be marked with services inside the Cathedral.

“Lent, Holy Week and Easter are a very important period in the Christian Calendar. Due to the first national lockdown in March 2020, Easter services could not take place in the Cathedral at all last year. I’m delighted that this year we will be able to welcome worshippers into the Cathedral to join all of our services, as well as broadcasting many of them online.”

The social distancing and other safety measures that have been in place throughout the pandemic remain, and masks are mandatory for anyone entering the Cathedral. Please visit the Cathedral’s website for full details of service times, and our Facebook page for the opportunities to join our online broadcast worship.