Holy Week and Easter 2021

Welcome to Holy Week and Easter at Winchester Cathedral

24 March – 4 April 2021

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As we move forward out of lockdown with signs of new hope, we are delighted to be able to offer Holy Week and Easter services inside the Cathedral this year. You are invited to take part in the events and be drawn into an experience of selfless love and into a deeper relationship with God. This is the most demanding, challenging, and exciting week in the Christian year.

In order to keep everyone safe, pre-booking is a requirement for some services taking place during Holy Week and Easter. All tickets are free of charge and will be available from 10am on Friday 12 March, see details below.

All principle services continue to be streamed online so that you can join us from anywhere in the world.

For online services visit the live stream page

For ticketed services in the Cathedral book here

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Palm Sunday, 28th March 2021

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.

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Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 29th to the 30th of March

On these days we follow Jesus' journey to Jerusalem, meeting friends and preparing for the trials that are ahead.

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Maundy Thursday, 1st April

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.

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Good Friday, 2nd April

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.

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Holy Saturday (Easter Eve), 3rd 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...”

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Easter Sunday, 4th April

On Easter Sunday we celebrate with joy the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. This is the turning point in history. We now live in the light and truth of the resurrection.

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