More information about the Holy Week and Easter Services
Holy Week is a time when we walk with our Lord through the final dark days
of the journey to the Cross, before joining in celebration of his resurrection
on Easter Sunday morning. As is fitting in such a significant season of the
Christian year there will be a number of opportunities for us in St Cuthbert's
to join in worship together through Holy Week and on Easter Sunday as we
reflect upon the mystery of Christ's suffering and death and celebrate his
Everyone is most welcome to join us for any (or all !) of these
Palm/Passion Sunday 25 March
11am - 'Palm Sunday Worship' As in past years, this service will
include both the 'Liturgy of the Palms' (with procession with Palm Branches and
the 'Liturgy of the Passion' including the reading of the Passion of our Lord
from the Gospel.
6pm - 'The Way of the Cross' In this service we can engage actively
with the path of suffering walked by Jesus. The 'Way of the Cross' - marked by
a number of 'stations' - originated when early Christians visited Jerusalem and
wanted to follow literally in the footsteps of Jesus, tracing the path from
Pilate's house to Calvary. They would pause for prayer and devotion at various
points. Eventually those pilgrims brought the practice back to their home
countries and ever since then Christians of differing traditions have used this
form of devotion.
Holy Week Wednesday 28 March
12.30pm - 2pm, and 5pm - 7:30pm - 'soul space' for Holy Week In this
Holy Week soul sapce, with continue our 'Meals wiith Jesus' theme, as we pause
to reflect on teh Last Supper. Led reflections at 1pm, 7pm (A short, optional,
celebration of Holy Communion will follow.)
Maundy Thursday 29 March
12.45pm - Maundy Thursday 'Community' Lunchtime Service A lunchtime
service of reflection on the events of this day on which Jesus washed his
disciples' feet, celebrated Passover and instituted the Lord's Supper, endured
the agony of Gethsemane, and was betrayed. Refreshements will be available
after the service. (More info)
7pm - Holy Communion and Tenebrae Vigil On the night on which Jesus
shared his Last Supper with the disciples, we will gather around the Table to
remember, reflect upon and receive the signs of his broken body and shed blood.
This service will conclude with the 'stripping of the church' when all
hangings and decorations are removed in preparation for Good Friday and then we
will observe the Tenebrae Vigil. 'Tenebrae' is the Latin for shadows,
and in this vigil, through scripture readings and the extinguishing of candles,
we will recall the abandonment of Christ who goes alone to the Cross.
The vigil ends without a benediction or blessing and we depart in silence.
The Triduum (the Three Days of Easter) has begun.
The Maundy Thursday liturgy is deeply moving and inspiring. All who are
able are warmly encouraged to come and prepare in this way for the
commemoration of our Lord's suffering and death and the celebration of his
Good Friday 30 March
11am - Good Friday Morning Service : On this day on which our Lord
went to the Cross, we will ponder his suffering and self-sacrifice for us.
7pm - Good Friday Evening Reflection : This act of worship will take
place in the Memorial Chapel as, in reading, prayer and symbol, we reflect upon
the events of this day. We will use music from the Taizé tradition in
this service, and again the service will end without benediction or blessing as
we depart in silence.
Easter Sunday 1 April
7.30am - Easter Dawn Communion Service : A quiet service of Holy
Communion at the beginning of this most special of days. in St Andrew's and
St George's Chucrh, George Street
11am - Easter Day Holy Communion : We always celebrate Holy
Communion on Easter Sunday - in a joyful celebration on this high and holy
day.As has become our tradition, on Easter Sunday, the choir will sing a
'special' setting of the communion as our offering of thanksgiving for the
resurrection.With this music, and with the glorious Eastertide hymns, Easter
Day promises to be a triumphant celebration. We hope you will find the music as
uplifting as we intend it to be.
6pm - Easter Evening Reflection : A quieter service for Easter Sunday
evening including the 'service of light', reflection, symbolic action, prayers
for the sick and the ministry of prayer for healing.