Holy Saturday (Easter Eve), 11 April

Holy Saturday is an interval of waiting in hope. Christ is buried in his tomb. We remember his words.

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies; it bears much fruit…”

Here might I stay and sing…


Normally, on Holy Saturday evening at the First Eucharist of Easter, the special Easter Candle is lit, signalling the passage from darkness to light. This year, sadly, the Cathedral building is closed and there is no service inside there this evening. However, Daren Gibb, the Head Virger, known as Custos, carved the special candle’s insignia during this week at his home and the candle has been taken to the porch of the Deanery, next to the Cathedral, to be lit, ensuring this important tradition over the past one thousand years at the Cathedral has not been broken by the pandemic restrictions.

A vigil for our time. An Easter Vigil around the Easter fire with reflections from around the UK.

  • More than 50 priests, bishops, lay leaders and ordinands will come together on Easter Eve to lead a virtual vigil.  Rumours of Hope 2020: A Vigil for Our Times will offer creative reflections, poetry, art and prayers throughout the night. The purpose is to help people weep, watch and pray together as we yearn for Easter light amidst the darkness of our coronavirus-hit world.

Click here or the image to the right to see a programme for the night.
Click here to see the Order of Service for the Service of Light at 5.45am