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York Minster prepares for Holy Week and Easter

Wednesday 5th April 2017

A range of special services will take place at York Minster to mark Holy Week and Easter, which lie at the heart of the Christian faith.

Holy Week, which runs from Sunday 9 April - Palm Sunday - until Saturday 15 April - Easter Eve - recalls Jesus Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem and the solemn events of his betrayal, trial and crucifixion. It culminates in Easter Day, Sunday 16 April, when Christians celebrate the joy and triumph of Christ’s resurrection.

Anticipating the most important week in the Christian calendar, The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said:

“In our Holy Week and Easter Services we live again the story of God’s rescue plan for his creation.  We share in the despair of Good Friday, the desolation of Holy Saturday and the extraordinary uplifting joy of Easter Day.  Whether you feel your life is in a place of rejoicing or in a place of grief, I pray that you will encounter the risen Jesus this Easter, bringing you His life and His Joy.  Hallelujah.”

Holy Week at York Minster will begin with the Palm Sunday procession, which starts at the Kohima Memorial in Dean’s Park. A donkey will lead the procession into the cathedral at 10am, recalling Jesus’ entry into the City of Jerusalem on a donkey.

Other highlights include Maundy Thursday, 13 April, when, at 11am, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will lead the Chrism Eucharist for the Diocese of York, washing the feet of 12 people to commemorate Jesus washing the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper. The preacher at this service will be the Right Reverend Alison White, Bishop of Hull.

At 7pm the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, will lead the Eucharist of the Last Supper, washing the feet of members of the congregation.  At the end of the service, the Sanctuary will be stripped of its decorations and the remaining consecrated bread will be taken to All Saints’ Chapel. A vigil will then be held until midnight, recalling the time Jesus spent in the Garden of Gethsemane - the place where he was later arrested before his trial and crucifixion.

Three services will take place on Good Friday: the Liturgy of Good Friday at 10am; a special Stations of the Cross service for families at 11.30am in Dean’s Park; and from 12noon until 3pm, the Three Hours Devotion - a service of meditation, hymn and prayers with periods of silence for reflection.

On Easter Eve, Saturday 15 April, at 8.30pm, the Archbishop will lead the Easter Liturgy. Beginning in darkness, the service will consist of readings telling the story of the liberation from slavery in Egypt of the ancient Israelites, followed by the lighting of the Paschal Candle.  The proclamation of the Easter Gospel is followed by a procession to the Crypt for baptism, confirmation for candidates associated with the Minster, the annual reaffirmation of baptismal vows and concludes with the celebration of the First Eucharist of Easter. 

Finally on Easter Day, Sunday 16 April, the Archbishop of York returns to preside and preach at the Solemn Eucharist at 10am, continuing the Church’s celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The Minster’s celebration of Easter Day concludes at 4pm with Solemn Evensong and the blessing of the Easter Garden.

A full list of services taking place at the cathedral is included below. All services are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Services for Holy Week and Easter Day at York Minster, 9-16 April

Stations of the Cross

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (10-12 April) at 11.30am

Compline

The Ebor Singers sing Compline on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (10-12 April) at 7.30pm; access is via the South Piazza Doors.

On Monday, Compline follows a performance, with readings, of J S Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude.

On Tuesday, Compline is preceded by a reading of the Passion Gospel, and Charpentier’s short oratorio Le Reniement de Saint Pierre.

On Wednesday, Compline follows a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion.

Evensong

Will be sung by the Minster Choir at 5.15pm on all days with the exception of Easter Day (4.00pm) with music, readings and prayers appropriate to this poignant time of year. 

Palm Sunday 9 April

8.00am- Holy Communion.

9.45am- Gather at the Kohima Memorial in Dean’s Park.

10.00am- Recalling Jesus’ entry into the City of Jerusalem on a donkey, York Minster’s Palm Sunday Procession will start from Dean’s Park with a donkey leading the procession around and into the Minster. Palm crosses will be blessed, distributed and carried into the Minster.

4.00pm- Choral Evensong.

Maundy Thursday 13 April

7.30am - Morning Prayer

11.00am - The Chrism Eucharist - this is the annual service at which the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, blesses oils for anointing candidates for baptism and confirmation and for healing. The Archbishop will gather members of the clergy from around the Diocese to renew the vows made at their ordinations.  In addition, the Archbishop will wash the feet of 12 people, commemorating Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper. A sermon will be delivered during the service by the Right Reverend Alison White, Bishop of Hull.

7.00pm - Eucharist of the Last Supper - the Dean will wash the feet of members of the Minster community and all those wishing to take part.  At the end of the service the consecrated bread will be taken to All Saints’ Chapel and be placed on the altar where it becomes the focus of the vigil which follows.  A vigil will be kept until midnight to recall the time Jesus spent in the Garden of Gethsemane - the place where he was later arrested before his trial and crucifixion. This will include, at 9.30pm, the singing of the ancient and moving office of Tenebrae, during which the candles on the High Altar are extinguished one by one.

Access to this service is via the South Piazza Doors.

 Good Friday 14 April

10.00am- The Liturgy of Good Friday.  

This service has several parts:  the reading of passages from the Bible; the singing of the Passion account from St John’s Gospel; the procession of a large wooden cross through the Nave and, prayers of intercession for the world for which Christ died.

11.30am - Stations of the Cross for families.

Families are invited to gather in the Chapter House before setting out for Dean’s Park for this special family act of worship.

12noon until 3pm - Three Hours Devotion.  A service of meditation, hymn and prayers with periods of silence for reflection.

Easter Eve Saturday 15 April

8.30pm - The Easter Liturgy with the lighting of the Paschal (Easter) Candle. Conducted in darkness, the service will consist of readings telling the story of the liberation from slavery in Egypt of the ancient Israelites, followed by the lighting of the Paschal Candle.

The proclamation of the Easter Gospel is followed by a procession to the Crypt for baptism, confirmation for candidates associated with the Minster, the annual reaffirmation of baptismal vows and concludes with the celebration of the First Eucharist of Easter.  The President at the Easter Liturgy will be the Archbishop of York.

Easter Day Sunday 16 April

8.00am- Holy Communion at the High Altar.

10.00am- The Solemn Eucharist at which the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu presides and preaches.  The Church’s celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

11.45am- We continue to celebrate the joy of Easter with Choral Matins.

4.00pm- The Minster’s celebration of Easter Day concludes with Solemn Evensong and the blessing of the Easter Garden.

 

Note

The Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Commitment to Ministry Service at The Parish Church of Saint Helen Carlin How with Skinningrove. President – Bishop Glyn Webster and Preacher – Archbishop Sentamu on Monday 10 April 2017 at 12noon.

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