Holy Week and Easter 2021

In the light of the pandemic and our cautious emergence from lockdown we are offering a hybrid programme of services for Holy Week and Easter this year. Current Government guidelines do not permit choirs to sing in the presence of a congregation.

If you are coming to the Cathedral please wear a face covering and follow the directions of staff to ensure the safety of all.

PALM SUNDAY 

9.30am Procession of Palms with Eucharist in Tom Quad.

Congregation welcome Booking essential. Please note: this is an outdoor service without seating. It is likely to last around 30 minutes. Please wear clothes appropriate to the weather and bring a camping chair if standing will be difficult.
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11am Liturgy of the Passion sung by the Cathedral Choir. Online only 
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1pm to 4pm Cathedral open for private prayer (entry via Tom Gate)

6pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir. Online only


MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK

7.10/ 7.30 am Morning Prayer/ Eucharist Congregation welcome, no need to book

12 noon to 2pm Cathedral open for private prayer (entry via Tom Gate)

6pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir choristers. With a sermon by the Archdeacon of Oxford. Online only

7.30pm Passiontide Meditation Organ recital on Lenten themes. Online only

Steven Grahl (Organ)

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Partite diverse sopra "Sei gegrüßetJesu gütig (BWV 768); O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (BWV 656); ‘Dorian’ Toccata and Fugue (BWV 538)


TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

7.10/ 7.30 am Morning Prayer/ Eucharist Congregation welcome, no need to book

12 noon to 2pm Cathedral open for private prayer (entry via Tom Gate)

6pm Said Evening Prayer with organ music. With a sermon by the Archdeacon of Oxford. Online only
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7.30pm Music for Holy Week sung by the Cathedral Choir. Online only

Steven Grahl (Director), Benjamin Sheen, Benjamin Collyer (Organ)

Greene Lord, let me know mine end; Tallis Lamentations I; Byrd Ne irascaris/Civitas Sancti tui; Purcell Voluntary in G; Davy Stabat mater; Purcell Voluntary for double organ; Humfrey A Hymn to God the father; Tallis Miserere nostri; Purcell Jehova quam multi sunt


WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

7.10/ 7.30 am Morning Prayer/ Eucharist Congregation welcome, no need to book

12 noon to 2pm Cathedral open for private prayer (entry via Tom Gate)

1pm Holy Communion (BCP) Congregation welcome, no need to book

6pm Choral Evensong sung by the Clerks of the Cathedral Choir. With a sermon by the Archdeacon of Oxford. Online only

7.30pm A Passiontide Meditation Organ recital on Lenten themes. Online only

Benjamin Sheen (Organ)

Josef Rheinberger Introduction and Passacaglia, from Sonata no. 8 in E minor; Johannes Brahms Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op.122, no.10; Ethel Smyth Prelude and Fugue on ‘O Traurigkeit, o Herzelied’; Johannes Brahms Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op.122, no.9; Kerensa Briggs Light in Darkness (2019); Johann Sebastian Bach Passacaglia, BWV 582


MAUNDY THURSDAY

Maundy Thursday is the beginning of the Great Three Days. In these holiest days of the Christian year, we commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus – the events by which God saves us from the powers of evil and death.

7.10/ 7.30 am Morning Prayer/ Eucharist Congregation welcome, no need to book

11am Chrism Mass with diocesan representatives only

1pm to 2pm Cathedral open for private prayer (entry via Tom Gate)

6pm Liturgy of Maundy Thursday Choral Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir. Online only
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We invite you to attend the 6pm Liturgy online and then come to the Cathedral at 7.30 pm to receive Communion and to enter into the liturgical commemoration of the death of Jesus, which begins now and forms a single liturgical act spread across several days.

7.30pm Congregational service (including Communion) with organ music.
Congregation welcomeBooking essential

8.30pm–midnight Watch of the Passion
Congregation welcome. Booking essential Timed tickets in 25 minute slots.


GOOD FRIDAY

7.10am Morning Prayer Congregation welcome, no need to book

10am Solemn Liturgy sung by the Cathedral Choir. Online only
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12pm to 2pm Cathedral open for private prayer (entry via Tom Gate)

3pm Short liturgy with the reception of Communion. Congregation welcome. Booking essential

6pm Choral meditation sung by the Cathedral Choir with a sermon from the Archdeacon. Online only
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HOLY SATURDAY

7.10am Morning Prayer Congregation welcome, no need to book

12pm–2pm Cathedral open for private prayer (entry via Tom Gate)

2pm  Ecumenical joint service with Wesley Memorial Church Online only
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8pm Easter Vigil sung by three cantors of the Cathedral Consort, beginning in Cathedral Garden and moving into Cathedral.
Congregation welcome. Booking essential
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EASTER DAY

8am Holy Communion (BCP) Congregation welcome, no need to book

10am Eucharist of Easter Day 
Congregation welcome. Booking essential

12pm Choral Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir. Online only
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3pm Eucharist of Easter Day Said service.
Congregation welcome. Booking essential

6pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir. Online only