Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018

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8:00am Holy Communion
10:15am Choral Mattins
11:30am Sung Eucharist
3:15pm Choral Evensong
6:00pm Passion Sunday Organ Recital - Simon Johnson

Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018

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.
Every Sunday in Lent  |  Reel Spirituality: Faith and Film
Choral Evensong
During Lent we have a series of sermons at Sunday Evensong that focuses on the creative conversation between film and faith. Each sermon explores a particular film and the ways in which it might open up our understanding of God, the world and the life of faith. It is not necessary to have watched the film beforehand.
As with every service at St Paul's, there is no charge. More information. 
Saturday 17 March  |  Reflective Day: To God alone be glory: J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion
10am - 5pm
J.S. Bach is our greatest musical theologian. His setting of St Matthew’s account of the Passion is not only an absolutely faithful telling of the whole narrative from Jesus’ anointing at the house of Simon the leper to the moment he is laid in the tomb, but also an extraordinary and expansive musical meditation on its meaning.

Andrew Carwood is the Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, an internationally regarded singer and conductor, and the Founder-Director of the award-winning early music ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick. In this reflective day, we will explore the whole sweep of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, including his meditations on the roles of Peter, Judas, Pilate, the bystanders and Christ himself, and how the music finally takes us with agonising beauty to the foot of the cross.
Tickets cost £45, bursaries are available. More information and book. SOLD OUT.
Sunday 18 March  |  Organ Meditation: Le Chemin de la Croix by Dupré
6 - 7pm
Simon Johnson performs Le Chemin de la Croix by Dupré
Since the Middle Ages Christians have long meditated through both prayer and art upon Jesus’ final journey to Calvary (known as the Stations of the Cross) during the season of Lent. In 1931 the great French organist Marcel Dupré improvised a musical depiction of the Stations in Brussels as meditations on poems by Paul Claudel. Throughout these fourteen movements Dupré weaves a rich theological tapestry symbolizing the religious themes of Christ’s Passion: the cross, suffering and redemption.
Everyone is very welcome to attend. 
Sunday 18 March - Saturday 24 March  |  Transforming Prayer: Retreat in Daily Life

At the heart of faith, prayer is at once the simplest and the most mysterious of tasks, and yet it can feel like one of the most difficult. And, in the busyness of our daily lives, many of us know that what we need more than anything is to find time to stop and reflect. This retreat in daily life offers the opportunity to explore these deep needs and desires.

Making this retreat simply involves a commitment to pray for 15-30 minutes and to meet with a personal retreat guide every day, while otherwise going about your daily life.

This is an opportunity to make a retreat in a simple, low-cost way, and yet many have described it as transformative. Please get in touch for more information.

The cost of the retreat is £60, bursaries are available. More information and book. 
Wednesday 21 March |  The Passion
(No Choral Evensong. Other services as usual.)
6.30 - 9pm
St Matthew 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. 
Free | Ticketed via Eventbrite
Saturday 24 March  |  Stations of the Cross for Families

Meet on the west steps.
A special offering designed for children and young people of all ages and their families.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Sunday 25 March  |  Palm Sunday
(No 10.15am Sung Mattins or 11.30am Sung Eucharist)
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
Monday 26 March
Services as usual  
Tuesday 27 March
Services as usual  
Wednesday 28 March
Services as usual  
Thursday 29 March   |  Maundy Thursday
Chrism Mass
A Sung Eucharist for the clergy of the Diocese with the blessing of the oils and the renewal of Ordination Vows. - Missa Brevis   Jonathan Dove
- The call of wisdom   Will Todd
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 (from Heiligmesse)   Haydn
- Agnus Dei (Mass for double choir)   Martin
- Ubi Caritas   Duruflé
- God so loved the world   Stainer
- Tristis est anima mea   Poulenc
Friday 30 March  |  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. 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
- Agnus Dei (Mass in G)   Poulenc
- Crucifixus [a 8]   Lotti
Were you there?  arr. Bob Chilcott
Saturday 31 March  |  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 F (KV 192)   Mozart
- Go down Moses   arr. Tippett
- Now the green blade riseth   arr. Simon Lindley
Information for Clergy and Candidates for Confirmation. 
Sunday 1 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 and Jubilate in F   Ireland
Sung Eucharist
The principal Eucharist of Easter Day celebrated under the Dome with people from around the world. - Messe solennelle   Langlais
- Dic nobis   Bassano
Festal Evensong
A joyful sung service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with canticles, hymns, readings and address. - Stanford in A
- My beloved spake   Hadley
A simple celebration of the Eucharist.