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Ash Wednesday

26 February
'Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin, and be faithful to Christ.' These are the words that Christians hear on Ash Wednesday as their foreheads are marked in ash with the sign of the cross at the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is considered a day of obligation for practising Christians and there are various services during the day for people to receive communion and ashing: 8am, 12.10pm and a Solemn Eucharist at 7.30pm.

Tuesday during Lent

1pm | Music and Meditation
The musicians of Ely Cathedral contribute music expressing the themes of mortality and immortality. Each piece is preceded by a short meditation from one of the Cathedral clergy exploring the week's musical treatment of these themes, both in the music itself and in the theological and spiritual threads which can be drawn from it. The whole meditation lasts about 20 minutes.

9pm | Compline in the Lady Chapel
The ancient monastic office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion'. It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. This candlelit service is sung by a gathered choir who lead the responses, the psalms and sing two anthems. In the stunning space of the Lady Chapel with its magnificent acoustics this is an uplifting and evocative way to journey prayerfully through Lent and find space for reflection at the end of the day. The service lasts about 30 minutes. On Tuesday 7 April Compline begins at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. There will be an address by our Holy Week preacher, The Rt Revd Timothy Stevens.

Fridays during Lent

12.10pm | Eucharist
A simple eucharist, with a hymn and a short reflection, on Friday lunchtimes during Lent. The Mothers' Union will offer Lent lunch at 1 pm.

The daily offering of prayer in the Cathedral

Why not make a Lenten discipline of joining perhaps once or even twice a week in the daily round of prayer and praise that is the bedrock of the Cathedral's life - the core purpose of the Cathedral's existence?

Morning Prayer is said at 7.30am | Monday - Saturday
The Eucharist is celebrated at 8am | Monday - Saturday

Both these services are quiet and reflective

Choral Evensong

5.30pm | Monday - Saturday
4pm | Sunday

Possibly the best kept secret of the Cathedral's life!

Why not make a Lenten discipline of attending Evensong once or twice a week? It is an opportunity to enter quietly into the offering of prayer and praise that is the bedrock of the Cathedral's life.

Spiritual MOT

This year we are again offering the opportunity to sign up for a one-to-one meeting with one of the clergy, or a trained lay person, to talk about prayer and faith and the ups and downs of the spiritual life.

For further details view our Lent, Holy Week and Easter booklet.

From Palm Sunday to Easter Day we follow Jesus in the last week of his life. This year we follow St. John's account of the Passion, entering into the experience and meaning of those eight days - from Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, through the desolation of his crucifIxion, to his glorious resurrection

Holy Week Preacher: The Rt Revd Timothy Stevens *

Bishop Tim Stevens was raised in a rural vicarage in Essex and went to Chigwell School. After leaving school he spent a year in Zambia with Voluntary Service Overseas and then read Classics and English at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Subsequently he spent five years as a Management Trainee with the British Overseas Airways Corporation. This was followed by two years as a Second Secretary in the South Asian Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He trained for ordination at Ripon Hall, Oxford and subsequently at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He was ordained in 1976 as Curate in East Ham, East London. Subsequently he was Team Rector of Canvey Island in Essex.

As Bishop's Urban Officer in the Chelmsford Diocese and as Archdeacon of West Ham he was engaged in developing the Church Urban Fund projects and in reshaping Church buildings for the contemporary needs of the Church's mission in the City. Before taking up his present position, he was Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich in the County of Suffolk, working particularly with community and voluntary agencies in preparation for Regional Government.

He was Bishop of Leicester from June 1999 - July 2015. During this time, Bishop Tim was also the Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, a coordinating and representational role for those Bishops sitting in the House of Lords. In the House of Lords, he spoke for the bench of bishops on welfare, children & family, and constitutional issues.

He has also been a member of the Archbishop's Council, House of Bishop's Standing Committee, Chair of the Council of Westcott House Theological College in Cambridge, and a Governor of De Montfort University.

Bishop Tim's other interests include a keen attachment to cricket and rugby, and he enjoys walking.

Palm Sunday, 5 April
8:15am - Holy Communion
10:30am - Procession with Palms and Sung Eucharist
We gather on Palace Green and then process into the Cathedral
4pm - Evensong

Monday in Holy Week, 6 April
5:30pm - Evensong
7:30pm - Tenebrae

Tuesday in Holy Week, 7 April
5:30pm - Evensong
7.30pm - Compline with address *

Wednesday in Holy Week, 8 April
5:30pm - Evening Prayer
7:30pm - Holy Week Liturgy | The Seven Last Words from the Cross James MacMillan

Maundy Thursday, 9 April
10:30am - Chrism Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Ordination Vows
5:30pm - Evensong
7:30pm - The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday, Solemn Eucharist * and the Washing of Feet
followed by The Watch of the Passion

Good Friday, 10 April
10am - Children's Activities and Worship
Come and hear the story of Easter, followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Lady Chapel
10:15am - Walk of Witness
The Walk of Witness will start from St Mary's Church followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Lady Chapel
Midday - Preaching of the Passion *
1.30pm - The Proclamation of the Cross and the Liturgy of the Sacrament *
5:30pm - Evensong

Easter Eve, 11 April
5:30pm - Evensong (Lady Chapel)
8pm - Easter Vigil, Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist of Easter *

Easter Day, 12 April
8:15am - Holy Communion
10:30am - Festal Orchestral Eucharist
4pm - Festal Evensong and Procession