Holy Week and Easter

Easter is the heart of the Christian faith. During Holy Week we enter Jesus’s last days on earth with Palm Sunday (commemorating Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey), Maundy Thursday (Christ’s last supper with his disciples and when he washed his disciples’ feet), Good Friday (when Christ was crucified) and Easter (when Christ rose from the dead).

For all service and event highlights at Wells during this important period in the church calendar please either download our guide for Holy Week and Easter (available by clicking here) or our Monthly Services and Music List, available here. 

Particular highlights include:

Palm Sunday, 25 March, 3.00pm
Wells Cathedral Choir, Jeremy Cole (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor).
Commissioned by Cathedral Commissions of Wells Cathedral, with support from the RVW Trust, this major new setting of the
St Luke Passion is given its World Premiere by Wells Cathedral Choir within a service for Palm Sunday.
Admission: free with retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Monday 26 -Thursday 29 March, 12noon
MIDDAY OFFICE IN HOLY WEEK:  With Meditation on the Passion according to St Mark I
The Reverend Canon Andrew Featherstone

Good Friday, 30 March, 
THREE HOUR DEVOTION 12.00 noon – 3pm. 

Good Friday is a day to sit or stand at the foot of the cross and to let divine love flood down from that cross to absolve and cherish our souls. We are delighted to welcome a special guest speaker during the Three Hour Devotion who will be Malcolm Guite – poet, author (of eight books), columnist and Anglican priest. More on Malcolm can be found here. And we’ll be joined in the final hour by our Boy Choristers, Girl Choristers, and Vicars Choral with music including Stuart Beer The Reproaches (world premiere); Lotti Crucifixus; Walton A Litany. All welcome.

Bath Camerata performs Rheinberger’s exquisite Mass for Double Choir alongside three new works commissioned to mark the choir’s 30th anniversary: Will Todd Songs of Renewal; Roderick Williams Everyone Sang; Owain Park Vinea mea electa. Benjamin Goodson (conductor). Sponsored by the PRS for Music Foundation and the Hinrichsen Foundation. Admission: free, with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Our celebration of Easter begins, as usual, with the Easter Vigil at 9.00pm on Holy Saturday, 31 March, and continues on Easter Day, 1 April, with our usual round of services. Please note that the Cathedral Eucharist is at 9.30am on Easter Day:

9.30am CATHEDRAL EUCHARIST. Preacher: The Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells
11.30am MATINS
3.00pm FESTAL EVENSONG Preacher: The Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, Precentor

Wednesday 28 March, 10.30am & 2.00pm EASTER GARDENS & TRAIL
Free workshop with no need to book. Donations welcomed.