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St Paul’s Cathedral celebrates Easter Sunday with Choir of the Nation

St Paul’s Cathedral will be celebrating Easter in a different way in 2020, offering services to pray at home; encouraging people to join in song as part of a virtual ‘Choir of the Nation’ and providing daily reflections by leading Christian writers as well as a range of activities for families to do together. Following Government and Church of England advice, around COVID-19, St Paul’s Cathedral is closed and no services are able to take place until further notice. However, St Paul’s Cathedral continues its mission online with special resources for Holy Week and Easter worship at home.   

St Paul’s Cathedral invites people across the UK and the world to join in a virtual ‘Choir of the Nation’ to celebrate Easter Sunday in 2020. The public can take part by sending in a recording of themselves singing one of three hymns for Easter Sunday on 12 April 2020. The backing tracks and scores have been provided by St Paul’s Cathedral’s organist Simon Johnson, with scores available for people to practice and record at home. The hymns chosen are traditional Easter hymns: Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Love’s redeeming work is done and Thine be the glory. St Paul’s Cathedral will combine each individual recording to produce a blended track of many voices. The three hymn tracks will be shared online on Saturday 11 April ahead of Easter Sunday. 

Dr Paula Gooder, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral said “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. While the doors to the Cathedral building remain closed for now, the work of St Paul’s Cathedral continues using digital technology. Although we may not be able to join together in person this Easter, people across the UK and the world will join together virtually to create a digital collective hymn from the ‘Choir of the Nation’.”  
Alongside Choir of the Nation, St Paul’s Cathedral will share daily reflections from some of the leading Christian writers including Lucy Winkett; Paula Gooder; Pádraig Ó Tuama; Gillian Strain and John Swinton. There will also be simple orders of service for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday with accompanying reflections by the Dean, the Chancellor and the Bishop as well as recommendations for music that will be available from Wednesday 8 April.  Families can download resources for children to do throughout Holy Week. 

For more information on how to take part in the Choir of the Nation, visit our website at: /worship-music/worship/choir-of-the-nation-join-our-hymn-flash-mob
For more resources for worship this Easter, visit our website at /lent-and-easter