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Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Lent, Holy Week and Easter at Ely Cathedral 2023

Christ in Majesty on the Octagon boss

Lent, Holy Week and Easter booklet

Download the booklet here

Lent is for growing, even blossoming.

The word is a short form of the Old English for ‘spring season’ precisely because it takes place while the earth is coming back to life after winter.

Apart from German, most other European languages, and Latin, name it instead by the forty days which it lasts.

But the image of growth plays very well into a positive understanding of what this space can, and should be, for Christians. It is not for unhealthy introspection or abnormal restrictions on activities or sustenance, but a chance for us to reconnect with the God who wishes all to flourish by self-examination and commitment to him and others.

That is the Holy Lent to which we are all invited on Ash Wednesday, sustaining and preparing us for Holy Week, Good Friday and the joys of Easter.

Lent Services

Wednesday 22 February, 7.30pm
Ash Wednesday Solemn Eucharist with ashing
> Livestream

Fridays in Lent: 24 February, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 12.10pm
Eucharist followed by Lent Charity Lunch

Tuesdays in Lent: 28 February, 7, 14, 21, 28 March, 4 April, 8pm
Candlelit Compline

Monday 20 March, 5.30pm
Festal Evensong for the Feast of St Joseph

Saturday 25 March, 5.30pm
Festal Evensong for the Feast of the Annunciation

Full details about all these services can be found in the booklet above.

Lent Course

Lent Course
Creation: Hope for the world that God has made
with The Rev Dr Alexander S. Jensen
After the Sunday Eucharist

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Holy Week and Easter Services

This year’s Holy Week preacher is Bishop Dagmar Winter

Palm Sunday 2 April
10.30am Sung Eucharist
4pm Evensong

Monday in Holy Week 3 April
7.30pm Tenebrae

Tuesday in Holy Week 4 April
8pm Candlelit Compline and Address

Wednesday in Holy Week 5 April
5.30pm Choral Evensong
7.30pm Holy Week Meditation with The Façade Ensemble

Maundy Thursday 6 April
10.30am Chrism Eucharist
7.30-11pm Eucharist of the Last Supper

Good Friday 7 April
10am Worship for Children
10am Christians Together Walk of Witness
Midday until c.1.15pm Preaching of the Cross
1.30-3pm The Liturgy of the Day
5.30pm Choral Evensong

Holy Saturday 8 April
5.30pm Evensong sung to plainsong
8pm Easter Vigil with Baptism and Confirmation

Easter Day 9 April
8.15am Holy Communion
10.30am Orchestral Eucharist
10.30am Children's Eucharist and Easter Egg Hunt
4pm Festal Evensong and Procession

Full details about all these services can be found in the booklet above.

O Jesus Saviour of the world, come to us in your mercy.
We look to you to save and help us.

By your cross and your life laid down, you set your people free:
We look to you to save and help us.

Come now and dwell with us Lord Christ Jesus:
Hear our prayer and be with us always.

And when you come in your glory:
Make us to be one with you and to share the life of your kingdom.