Holy Week at Southwark Cathedral

From Palm Sunday to Easter Day we follow Jesus in the last week of his life.

From his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, we then reflect on his suffering and death on Good Friday and Holy Saturday before the joyous celebrations of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with a glorious Eucharist on Easter Sunday.

Holy Week

25 March - Palm Sunday

8.45am 

Morning Prayer

9.00am

Eucharist - Congregational reading of the Passion

11.00am 

Palm Procession and Choral Eucharist - The Proclamation of the Passion.   This service begins in Borough Market .

3.00pm  

Choral Evensong  - The Cathedral Choir sings the choral gem of the Book of Common Prayer on the day when we reflect upon on the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem - on a donkey - and contemplate the coming days.

Monday 26 March - Wednesday 28 March in Holy Week

8.00am 

Morning Prayer

8.15am

Eucharist

12.30pm

Midday Prayer

12.45pm

Eucharist with hymns and address

5.30pm 

Evensong

6.15pm

Silent Prayer in the Cathedral

7.00pm

Compline

 

29 March - Maundy Thursday

8.00am

Morning Prayer

11.00am  

Chrism Eucharist - With Blessing of Oils

5.30pm

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  

Commemoration of the Last Supper and Watch of the Passion until midnight

Choral Eucharist commemorating Jesus' Last Supper, with the washing of feet and breaking of bread, followed by the stripping of the altars and silent prayer in our 'garden of the watch'.  In the retrochoir until midnight.

30 March - Good Friday

9.00am  

Morning Prayer with the Litany (No Eucharist)

The Three Hours

12.00pm  

The Preaching of the Passion

A moving and thought-provoking service of readings, addresses and music on this, the darkest day.

1.30pm  

The Liturgy of Good Friday until 3.00pm.

6.30pm  

Good Friday Concert:  Durufle's Requiem and Lenten Motets

Join us this Good Friday for the Cathedral Girls' Choir and the Gentleman of the Choir Easter Concert, who will be singing a programme of Lenten Motets and Maurice Durufle's beautiful Requiem.  Tickets available from here

31st March - Holy Saturday

9.00am 

Morning Prayer with the Litany (No Eucharist)

4.00pm 

Evening Prayer

1 April - Easter Sunday

5.50am 

Dawn Vigil and Easter Liturgy with Initiation

Through the last darkness of the night we hold a vigil to hear of God's saving acts through history.  As Easter day dawns, a bonfire is lit, and the Cathedral is adorned by the brightness of candles as we celebrate with joy the risen Christ.  

8.45am 

Morning Prayer

9.00am 

Eucharist with Hymns

11.00am 

Choral Eucharist

3.00pm 

Solemn Evensong

6.00pm 

Compline