Come and join us for Lent and Holy Week at Southwark Cathedral

Lent Art Installation

14 February - 30 March

Doubt by Suzie MacMurray















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 

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


Eucharist with ashing

12.45pm and 5.30pm

Choral Eucharist with ashing

Mothering Sunday - Sunday 11 March


Choral Eucharist with baptisms and the distribution of flowers.

Saturday 24 March


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

Palm Sunday - 25 March


Palm Procession and Choral Eucharist - The Proclamation of the Passion. 

Meet in the Jubilee Market of Borough Market at 12.15pm for the procession.


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.


A meditative service 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.  


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

Maundy Thursday - 29 March


Chrism Eucharist - With Blessing of Oils


Commemoration of the Last Supper

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


Morning Prayer with the Litany (No Eucharist)


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


The Preaching of the Passion

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


The Liturgy of Good Friday until 3.00pm.


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


Morning Prayer with the Litany (No Eucharist)


Evening Prayer

Easter Sunday - 1 April


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.  


Morning Prayer


Eucharist with Hymns


Choral Eucharist


Solemn Evensong