Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2020

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Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2020

St Paul’s Cathedral has closed for tourism and services from Tuesday 17 March. The Cathedral has been acting in accordance with Government and Church of England advice since the outbreak of COVID-19. Following advice from the Church of England on the suspension of services, and updated Government information, the Cathedral has decided to suspend all public services, including those for Lent and Easter, and tourism at the Cathedral until further notice. This will be regularly reviewed. 

In Holy Week – the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Day – Christians journey with Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to the last supper at which he gave his disciples the commandment that they should love one another, through to his betrayal, suffering and death.  However, death is not the end. On Easter Day, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and the dawning of a new world in which love triumphs over death.  The services that take place in Holy Week and on Easter Day are some of the most powerful of the whole Christian year.  But this year, Christians across the world have had to find different ways to observe this most holy time of year.
St Paul’s Cathedral has produced a range of resources to help you as you mark and come to celebrate these holy days:
 

  • Hymn Flash Mob – click here to find out more about the Choir of the Nation, singing hymns for Palm Sunday and Easter.
  • Celebrating Holy Week and Easter at Home – click here for a simple guide of what to do at home each day from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday.
  • Specially commissioned reflections for this time from leading Christian writers – click here to read more.
  • Simple orders of service to pray at home for Maundy Thursday; Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be available for download on Wednesday 8 April.
  • Resources for families during Holy Week are available - click here to download. 
  • Join a virtual vigil on Saturday 11 April - visit rumoursofhope.co.uk to get involved