Holy Week 2021
PALM SUNDAY, 28th March
The drama of Holy Week begins as we carry palm crosses to remind ourselves of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. The dramatic reading of one of the Passion Gospel reminds us that this was an entry into suffering and death on the Cross.
9.30am Blessing of Palms, Passion Reading and Eucharist – livestream
11.00am Blessing of Palms, Passion Reading and Eucharist – St Oswald’s
MAUNDY THURSDAY, 1st April
This evening’s service has two very distinct elements to it. One emphasises the institution of the Eucharist as found in the first three Gospels for the evening before the crucifixion, the other builds on St John’s Gospel in which there is no account of Jesus celebrating the Passover with his disciples; instead there is the washing of feet with the ‘new commandment’ (in Latin Mandatum - hence Maundy) – ‘to love one another’. The joy at the institution of the Eucharist is shown by the use of the Gloria and the white vestments. Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet is the Gospel for the day. Immediately after we have received Communion we are invited to join Jesus and the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane as we watch and pray. The altar is stripped bare in preparation for the next day. Everyone is then invited to keep a watch of prayer during the evening …’could you not watch with me one brief hour?’
11.00am Eucharist of the Last Supper – St Mary’s
7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper – livestream
GOOD FRIDAY, 2nd April
Today we gather in church during the time Jesus hung on the cross. The devotion aims to help us enter more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s work for us on the Cross. Whereas on Palm Sunday we took part in the telling of the Passion, today we stand and listen. We honour and proclaim the cross, pray for the world for which Christ died, and receive Communion reserved from last night.
2.00pm The Liturgy of the Cross – St Oswald’s
6.30pm The Liturgy of the Cross – livestream
EASTER EVE, 3rd April
This very ancient service is a celebration of the movement from darkness to light, from death to resurrection.
We share in the Service of Light in which the New Fire is kindled and from it the new Easter Candle is lit and carried in procession to proclaim the resurrection of Christ. Then in great rejoicing we proclaim the Gloria in excelsis. In the early church Easter Eve was traditionally the time when baptisms took place. We will renew our own Baptismal vows and celebrate the First Eucharist of Easter
8.30pm The Easter Liturgy, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and First Eucharist of Easter – livestream
EASTER DAY, 4th April
9.30am Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows – livestream
11.00am Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows – St Oswald’s