Lent, Holy Week and Easter

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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Lent is a period of self-examination, reconciliation, self-denial and prayer, culminating in Holy Week when we reflect on Christ’s suffering and death, and Easter when we celebrate the gloriously risen Christ. We invite you to join us for prayer and thanksgiving this holy season.

Every Friday in Lent  |  Stations of the Cross
3.30 - 4.30pm
Meet on the west steps.
A walk through the grounds of St Paul’s with readings and prayers marking the stages of Jesus’ journey to the cross. Followed by Choral Evensong at 5pm.
Tuesday 28 March  |  The Gospel According to Mark
6.30 - 8.30pm
Mark's Gospel,
read by David Suchet
Mark is the earliest of the Gospels, the one written closest to Jesus’ lifetime. Just before Holy Week, we will have a unique opportunity to hear the Gospel of Mark in its entirety, read by one of the great actors of our times.
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Sunday 2 April  
Usual choir holiday Sunday services
1 - 2pm
Sunday Forum
Construing the Cross,
Frances Young
The Cross is at the very centre of our faith. On Passion Sunday, as we turn our thoughts towards Holy Week, one our greatest living theologians, Frances Young, will introduce her profound and far-reaching thinking about the Cross. 
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Sunday 9 April  |  Palm Sunday
(Morning Prayer said at 8.45am. No 10.15am Sung Mattins. Choral Evensong sung at 3.15pm.
Procession and Sung Eucharist
A dramatic re-enactment of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, with a procession of palms led by a donkey. - Missa Brevis   Walton
- Pueri Hebraeorum   Victoria 
- Hosanna to the Son of David   Weelkes   
- Ride on!   Grayston Ives
- Valet will ich dir geben (BWV 735)   J S Bach
Monday 10 April
Services as usual Including Tallis Lamentations [I] at Choral Evensong, 5pm.
Tuesday 11 April  |  The Passion
No Choral Evensong. Other services as usual.
6.30 - 9pm
St John Passion
J S Bach
Bach's intense masterpiece narrates the events leading to the crucifixion of Christ. Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Choir and Chorus,with orchestra. 
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Wednesday 12 April
Services as usual Including Tallis Lamentations [II] at Choral Evensong, 5pm.
Thursday 13 April  |  Maundy Thursday
Chrism Mass
The clergy of the Diocese gather to renew their ordination vows. - Missa Brevis   Jonathan Dove
- Ave Verum Corpus   Colin Mawby
- Sinfonia from Cantata 29   Bach (arr. Dupré)
Liturgy of the Day and Watch until Midnight
A special celebration of Eucharist with the washing of feet, followed by a prayer vigil with readings until midnight. - Gloria (Mass in D)   Dvorak
- Agnus Dei   Martin
- Ubi Caritas   Duruflé
- God so loved the world   Stainer
- Tristis est anima mea   Poulenc
Friday 14 April  |  Good Friday
The Cathedral is not open for sightseeing on Good Friday. Doors are open all day for services and prayer.
Good Friday Choral Mattins and Litany in Procession
Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with readings, prayers and music  for Good Friday - The Lamentation   Bairstow
- Miserere mei Deus   Allegri
- The Litany   Tallis
The Three Hours
Three Hours of readings, hymns, reflections, music, prayer and silence led by the Very Reverend Dr Victor Stock. Please feel free to come and go as you please.
Evening Prayer
A short spoken service.
Good Friday Liturgy with the Veneration of the Cross
A profoundly moving and powerful act of worship at the foot of the Cross. - Christus factus est   F Anerio
- St John Passion   Victoria
- The Reproaches   Sanders
- Ecce lignum Crucis   Brian Chapple
- Agnus Dei   Poulenc
- Crucifixus [a 8]   Lotti
Saturday 15 April  |  Easter Eve
Easter Vigil and Diocesan Confirmation
The celebration of Easter begins with the lighting of the Paschal Candle, with Baptism and Confirmation, and the first Eucharist of Easter - Missa brevis in C major "Coronation" (KV 317)   Mozart
- Go down Moses   arr. Tippett
- Now the green blade riseth   arr. Simon Lindley
- Toccata from Symphony No 5   Widor
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Sunday 16 April  |  EASTER DAY
Dawn Eucharist
We gather on the west steps of the Cathedral where we light candles before moving inside to celebrate the Eucharist at the font
Holy Communion
Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer celebrated at the High Altar.
Choral Mattins
A joyful sung service of Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with canticles, hymns, readings and address. - Te Deum in C; Jubilate in E flat   Britten
- Now thank we all our God   Egil Hovland
Sung Eucharist
The principal Eucharist of Easter Day celebrated under the Dome with people from around the world. - Mass in D   Dvorak
- This joyful Eastertide   arr. Wood
- Fête   Langlais
Festal Evensong
A joyful sung service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with canticles, hymns, readings and address. - Dyson in D
- Rise heart!   
Vaughan Williams
- Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimae paschali   Tournemire trans. Duruflé
A simple celebration of the Eucharist with arias from Handel’s Messiah.