During every day of Holy Week this year, we released a video reflection by a member of the Cathedral Chapter alongside a video recording of a piece of music, both relevant for the particular day.
These can all be viewed again below, allowing you to re-trace the journey through Holy Week.
For Monday of Holy Week, the Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral Choir sing Part I of Thomas Tallis’ ‘The Lamentations of Jeremiah’ conducted by Jeremy Cole, with an introduction by the Precentor, Nicholas Jepson-Biddle:
The reflection for Monday of Holy Week comes from the Chancellor, Dr Rob James:
For Tuesday of Holy Week, the Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral Choir sing the second part of Thomas Tallis’ ‘The Lamentations of Jeremiah’ conducted by Jeremy Cole, with an introduction by the Precentor, Nicholas Jepson-Biddle:
The reflection for Tuesday of Holy Week comes from the Venerable Anne Gell, Archdeacon:
For Wednesday of Holy Week, the Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral Choir sing Ernest Walker’s ‘I will lift up mine eyes’ conducted by Jeremy Cole accompanied by David Stevens. This is preceded by an introduction from the Precentor, Nicholas Jepson-Biddle:
The reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week is given by the Precentor, the Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle:
For Maundy Thursday Jeremy Cole, the Director of Music at Wells Cathedral, plays J.S. Bach’s Chorale Prelude ‘O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß’, (‘O man, bewail thy sins so great’) with an introduction by the Precentor, Nicholas Jepson-Biddle:
The reflection for Maundy Thursday is given by the Pastor, the Reverend Canon Rosalind Paul:
For Good Friday, the Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral Choir, conducted by Jeremy Cole, sing ‘Crux Fidelis’, attributed to Juan IV, King of Portugal (1604-1656):
This Good Friday, Canon Angela Tilby was to give a series of talks based on images of the cross. As we are unable to go ahead with these, we would like to share these talks with you to read and reflect on in your own time.
Angela added: “I am very sorry not to be with you at Wells Cathedral this Good Friday. My talks were to be based on four different images of the cross, and I was going to reflect on how these different images might help us enter more deeply into what Good Friday is all about. But this year we will all be observing Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter from our homes. So, at the invitation of the Precentor, I would like to offer a snapshot of the talks I was intending to give.
In spite of the difficulties and challenges that face us all at the moment I wish you all a very happy Easter in the lovely city and cathedral of Wells.”
Click here to download a copy of the talks.
This Holy Saturday, we prepare to see in Easter morning with a performance of Jean Langlais’ ‘Incantation pour un jour Saint’, played by Jeremy Cole, Director of Music at Wells Cathedral:
Today, on Holy Saturday, the Dean of Wells reflects on why this day is such a beautiful day:
To welcome in the Easter morning, Jeremy Cole, the Director of Music at Wells Cathedral, plays Herbert Howells’ ‘Saraband for the morning of Easter’:
This Easter Day, the Dean of Wells concludes our Holy Week reflections by talking about what Easter Day means to us all, especially in these unprecedented times: