Approaching Easter at the Cathedral...
Approaching Easter at the Cathedral
As we approach Easter, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, has a number of special events to mark this important time of year in the Christian calendar.
On Thursday 21 March at 7.30 pm the choirs of Queens' College, Cambridge, and Osnabrück University perform Gethsemane: Choral Music for Passiontide. This includes music by Byrd, Gabrieli and Bruckner, and settings of Christ's words by Gesualdo, Kuhnau and Witte. Tickets £10 (£8 unreserved) are available from www.theapex.co.uk.
Then on Sunday 24 March at 4.30 pm The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth, by Elizabeth Cook and Francis Grier, will be performed in the Cathedral by Elizabeth Cook herself, currently writer in residence at the Cathedral, and a cast of local adults and children, with organ music by Dan Soper, Assistant Director of Music. Admission is free to this event.
The start of the most sacred week of the Christian calendar is marked at St Edmundsbury Cathedral with the procession of palms on Palm Sunday, 24 March, at 10.00 am marking Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem at the start of the first Holy Week.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (25, 26 and 27 March) of that week, the Very Reverend Keith Jones, Dean Emeritus of York, and Mrs Viola Jones, freelance lecturer, will explore depictions of Christ’s passion at the services on those days.
On Maundy Thursday, 28 March, the traditional Solemn Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper with address starts at 7.00 pm and is followed by the procession to the Altar of Repose and a Vigil until midnight.
Churches Together in Bury St Edmunds and District will start a Walk of Witness on Good Friday, 29 March, at 10.30 am in the Cathedral. This is followed by the Three Hours meditation from 12 noon, which includes the Liturgy of Good Friday and addresses, starting at 1.45 pm. At 4.00 pm there is a special service for children at the Easter Garden.
On Easter Day, Sunday 31 March, as dawn breaks, the Easter fire and Easter candle are blessed at the first Eucharist at 6.00 am. This is followed by a Festal Eucharist at 10.00 am celebrating the resurrection of Christ at which the Bishop will preside and preach.
Other services continue as usual this week but always check the website www.stedscathedral.co.uk or telephone 01284 748720.