Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2019

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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 Sung Eucharist for Luke the Evangelist

Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2019

The season of Lent offers us the opportunity for reflection and transformation.

Ash Wednesday invites us to begin the observance of a holy Lent, receiving the imposition of ashes as a sign of penitence and symbol of our mortality. Following the example of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, the traditional Lenten disciplines of self-examination and penitence bring us the opportunity to see ourselves honestly: looking at how we want to spend our lives – not drifting through, but actively deciding how we want to live and thrive.

Many people give something up for Lent, something that’s a daily habit – from coffee to Twitter. Not reaching for what we do habitually or taking on a new discipline of prayer or study helps us to re-focus our attention towards God. 

In Holy Week, the tone of the season intensifies as we travel with Jesus in his last days – from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to the last supper with the disciples and his commandment that they should love one another, to his betrayal, suffering and death.

But death is not the end, and as the Easter Vigil begins we gather in darkness, marking the end of the emptiness of Holy Saturday, and leading into the celebration of Christ’s resurrection and the dawning of a new world in which love triumphs over death.

Whoever you are, and whatever you believe, you are welcome to join us and experience Lent and Easter through words, silence, and music at one of our services listed below.

Saturday 13 April  |  Passion and Resurrection: Living Holy Week
2 - 4.30pm
Wren Suite
Holy Week and Easter are the heart of the Christian year. The unfolding services of Holy Week offer us the opportunity to make our own pilgrimage through Jesus’ last week.
Tickets are £15, bursaries are available. Visit Adult Learning for more information.



Sunday 14 April  |  Palm Sunday
8am Holy Communion
8.45am Morning Prayer
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.
3.15pm Choral Evensong
6pm Eucharist
Monday 15 April
Services as usual  
Tuesday 16 April
Services as usual  
Wednesday 17 April
Services as usual  
Thursday 18 April   |  Maundy Thursday
7.30am Morning Prayer
8am  Eucharist
Chrism Mass
A Sung Eucharist for the clergy and licensed lay ministers of the Diocese, with the blessing of the oils and the Renewal of Ordination Vows. Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Consort.

The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with Sung Eucharist and the Washing of Feet
Preacher: The Reverend Canon Jonathan Brewster, Treasurer, Canon in Residence.
Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Choir

6.15pm The Watch of the Passion until midnight
Friday 19 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. Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Choir.
The Three Hours
Three Hours of readings, hymns, reflections, music, prayer and silence, led by the Bishop of London. 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. Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Choir.
Saturday 20 April  |  Holy Saturday
8am Morning Prayer
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. Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Choir.
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Sunday 21 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. Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Choir.
Sung Eucharist
The principal Eucharist of Easter Day celebrated under the Dome with people from around the world. Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Choir.
Festal Evensong
A joyful sung service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with canticles, hymns, readings and address. Sung by St Paul's Cathedral Choir.
A simple celebration of the Eucharist.