The Darkness before the Dawn

Lent

Lent, the 40 days leading to Easter, is traditionally a period when Christians are invited to take time to strengthen and deepen our relationship with God, through a blend of prayer, simple living, and study. 

Lent Art Installation

14 February - 30 March

Doubt by Suzie MacMurray

(c) Southwark Cathedral

Susie conceived the piece Doubt through the connections of the weight of darkness and uncertainty suspended from above. 

It stems from a conversation Susie had with a soldier who had served in Afghanistan at the time that she was installing her piece Cloud in the Great Hall, Winchester in 2014.  They talked about PTSD and the effects that the pressure of extended periods of tension and anxiety have on the mind.  The soldier spoke about how all the time he was in the war zone he felt a dark weight hovering behind his neck.  It made Susie think fo 40 days and 40 nights.

Ash Wednesday - 14 February

'Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin, and be faithful to Christ.' 

Lent begins, the time of fasting, pentitence and preparation kept by Christians as we prepare for Easter.

8.15am  

Eucharist with ashing

12.45pm and 5.30pm  

Choral Eucharist with ashing

Mothering Sunday - 11 March

11.00am  

Choral Eucharist with baptisms and the distribution of flowers.

Saturday 24 March

7.30pm 

Merbecke Choir Concert - St John Passion Concert

The Cathedral's Merbecke Choir will be joined by the Monteverdi String Band and a fantastic selection of soloists for this performance of Bach's St John Passion.

For more information and tickets please visit here

 

Holy Week

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

Palm Sunday - 25 March

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 with the installation of John Bell as Canon Theologian. 

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.

6.00pm  

A meditative service of music and readings for Palm Sunday

Monday 26 March - Wednesday 28 March 

Holy Week Retreat -The Darkness Before the Dawn

10.30am - 4.00pm

Join us for a pilgrimage journey in our own holy space; a week in which we can take some time out of our normal routines and busy schedule, a time to be reflective, prayerful and creative. 

With our Holy Week Preacher, John Bell from the Iona Community.  

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For further information about this retreat and how to book tickets please visit here

Monday 26 March - Wednesday 28 March in Holy Week

8.00am 

Morning Prayer

8.15am

Eucharist

12.30pm

Midday Prayers

12.45pm

Eucharist with hymns and address

5.30pm 

Evensong

6.15pm

Silent Prayer in the Cathedral

7.00pm

Compline

 

Maundy Thursday - 29 March

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.

Good Friday - 30 March

9.00am  

Morning Prayer with the Litany (No Eucharist)

10.15am   

Walk of Witness and Pop-Up Church

Join our neighbours at Southbank Churches for this walk, concluding with a service at Waterloo Station.  Meet at Christ Church, Blackfriars Road SE1 8NY.

 

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

Holy Saturday - 31 March

9.00am 

Morning Prayer with the Litany (No Eucharist)

4.00pm 

Evening Prayer

Easter Sunday - 1 April

5.50am 

Dawn Vigil and Easter Liturgy with Initition

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