COVID-19 update: The cathedral is not currently open for general visits or tours but remains open for private prayer and reflection 11-3pm (1pm-3pm on Sundays). All services are now online only and everyone is welcome to join.
Although we cannot invite you in person to the Cathedral for Holy Week this year, we will still be offering reflections and videos for the period.
“We invite you to take a life-changing journey with us this Holy Week. The path is well trodden. Pilgrims and worshippers have walked the path to the cross and beyond for hundreds of years.” The Very Rev’d. Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester.
Here at the start of the week, through celebration, remembrance and sacrament, we are brought into the heart of the story and the extremes of human experience. We are made ready for these world-changing events throughout the week.
Maundy Thursday takes us into the heart of the city of Jerusalem for the Passover supper. We are also led to the heart of love, by the Saviour who serves and washes the feet of his friends. After supper they go out to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus asks his disciples to stay awake while he prays. Judas, the betrayer, comes with soldiers and Jesus is arrested.
Good Friday is a day in which profound emotion is expressed within quiet and solemn worship, as we journey with Jesus through the pain and anguish of false trial and condemnation, to carrying his cross through the streets to crucifixion and death.
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...”