Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018

Worship
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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 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
3.15pm
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. 
 
Wednesday 14 February  |  Ash Wednesday
The Cathedral is not open for sightseeing on Ash Wednesday. Doors are open all day for services and prayer.
7.30 - 8am 
Morning Prayer and Litany
A short spoken service. 
8 - 8.30am 
Eucharist
A simple celebration of the Eucharist with the imposition of ashes.
11 - 11.30am 
Ash Wednesday Meditation
Meditation with Address: A Lenten Journey - Setting out
Led by Revd Preb Graham Noyce
12.30 - 1.30pm 
Sung Eucharist
A service of Sung Eucharist with the imposition of ashes. - Missa octavi toni   Anerio
- Lord for thy tender mercies' sake   Farrant/Hilton
2 - 2.15pm
Ash Wednesday Meditation
Meditation with Address: A Lenten Journey - Travelling Well
Led by Revd Preb Graham Noyce
3 - 3.15pm 
Ash Wednesday Meditation
Meditation with Address: A Lenten Journey - Arrival?
Led by Revd Preb Graham Noyce
4 - 4.30pm 
Evening Prayer
A short spoken service. 
5 - 6pm 
Sung Eucharist
A service of Sung Eucharist with the imposition of ashes. - Mass for four voices   Byrd
- Miserere mei Deus   Allegri
- In jejunio et fletu   Tallis
 
Sunday 4 March  |  Sunday Forum: Songs of the Spirit
1 - 2pm The Psalms are a unique treasury of spiritual insights, central to both Jewish and Christian devotional life. They were also Jesus’ own prayer book, and are full of themes and experiences which fitted and illuminate his life and story, as they do ours. But they move from exquisite beauty and praise to despair and even vitriolic anger, and need wise interpretation. Megan Daffern describes them as Songs of the Spirit; timeless, making connections between past and present, and allowing us to come closer to God in prayer. 
This event is free. More information. 
 
Tuesday 13 March  |  Scandal and Glory: The Cross in the Bible and Poetry
6.30 - 8pm Paula Gooder and Mark Oakley will look at different aspects of the cross through the gospels and poetry, exploring some of what we might learn from it not only of sin and reconciliation, but also of new life, love, freedom and creation made new. 
This event is free. More information and register for tickets. 
 
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 the City of London Sinfonia. 
Free | Ticketed via Eventbrite
 
Saturday 24 March  |  Stations of the Cross for Families
10.30am
2pm

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.
 

HOLY WEEK

 
Sunday 25 March  |  Palm Sunday
(No 10.15am Sung Mattins or 11.30am Sung Eucharist)
11am
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
10.30am
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
5pm
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.
10.15am
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
12pm
The Three Hours
Three Hours of readings, hymns, reflections, music, prayer and silence. Please feel free to come and go as you please.
4pm
Evening Prayer
A short spoken service.
5pm
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
6pm
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
5.45am
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
8am
Holy Communion
Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer celebrated at the High Altar.
10.15am
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
11.30am
Sung Eucharist
The principal Eucharist of Easter Day celebrated under the Dome with people from around the world. - Messe solennelle   Langlais
- Dic nobis   Bassano
3.15pm
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
6pm
Eucharist
A simple celebration of the Eucharist.