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).
Highlights at Wells Cathedral include:
PALM SUNDAY, 14 April, 3.00pm
PALM SUNDAY: PHILIP WILBY’S ‘ST MATTHEW PASSION’ (world premiere)
‘An English Passion According to St Matthew’. Music by Philip Wilby. Text constructed by Canon Richard Cooper. Richard Rowntree (Jesus). Stephen Harvey (alto). Craig Bissex (baritone). Christopher Sheldrake (bass]). Wells Cathedral Choir.
Admission is Free with a retiring collection. All welcome.
Commissioned by Cathedral Commissions of Wells Cathedral.
Monday 15 -Thursday 18 April
MIDDAY OFFICE IN HOLY WEEK, 12.30pm
Held every day during Holy Week from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 March. All are welcome.
Tuesday of Holy Week
DIOCESAN EUCHARIST WITH BLESSING OF THE OILS, 10.00am
MAUNDY THURSDAY, 18 April
Maundy Thursday of Holy Week is so named because it is recognised as the anniversary of the Last Supper and the beginning of the institution of the Eucharist.
EUCHARIST OF THE LAST SUPPER WITH WATCH, 7.30-10.00pm
The prayers and readings in a Eucharistic service remind those taking part of that final meal and of the solemn words and actions of someone standing at the edge of death. The people taking part drink a sip of wine (or grape juice) and eat a tiny piece of some form of bread, both of which have been consecrated.
GOOD FRIDAY, 19 April
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.
THREE HOUR DEVOTION, 12.00 noon – 3pm
BATH CAMERATA: THE GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT, 7.30pm
Benjamin Goodson (conductor). For their thirty-second Good Friday Concert, Bath Camerata performs Bach’s Der Geist Hilft and Komm Jesu, Komm alongside James MacMillan’s extraordinary Miserere, and works from the Strathclyde Motets. The concert also includes works by Friedrich Cerha and Heinrich Schütz. Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.
Our celebration of Easter begins, as usual, with the Easter Vigil with Lighting of the Easter Fire at 9.00pm on Holy Saturday, 20 April, and continues on Easter Day, Sunday 21 April (please note that the Cathedral Eucharist is at 9.30am on Easter Day).
EASTER DAY SERVICES:
8.00am HOLY COMMUNION
9.30am CATHEDRAL EUCHARIST
11.30am CHORAL MATINS
3.00pm CHORAL EVENSONG
EASTER HOLIDAY FAMILY WORKSHOPS
Wednesday 10 April, 10.30am & 2.00pm ARTS AND CRAFTS
Free workshop with no need to book. Donations welcomed.