Join us at Southwark Cathedral for Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Lent  26 February - 11 April

Lent Sessions

As the Cathedral community continues to reflect this season on what it means to be truly ‘inclusive’, we offer a series of five Sunday sessions during Lent which will provide an opportunity to think more deeply and widely about issues around inclusiveness and diversity using the Psalms, art, poetry, music, and theology.

The sessions take place in the Cathedral's Garry Weston Library, and tea and coffee is provided. There will be one session each Sunday in Lent, beginning on 1 March, between our 9am and 11am Eucharists. We will need to begin promptly by 9.45am, and each session will end at 10.45am.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and the sessions are designed as stand-alone for those who cannot attend all five.

If you have any questions about these sessions please contact Canon Leanne Roberts by email

Wednesday 26 February

Ash Wednesday 

Lent begins, the time of fasting, penitence and preparation kepy by Christians as we prepare for Easter.

8.00am - Morning Prayer

8.15am - Eucharist with imposition of ashes

12.30pm - Midday Prayer

12.45pm - Choral Eucharist with imposition of ashes

5.30pm - Choral Eucharist with imposition of ashes

 

Sunday 22 March 

Mothering Sunday Choral Eucharist

Join us on Mothering Sunday for this special Eucharist at 11.00am as we celebrate Mothering Sunday with baptisms and distribution of flowers.

 

Saturday 28 March

Musik für die Seele (Music for the Soul) - The Merbecke Choir Lent Concert

Joy in suffering: the great paradox of Lent.  It is a theme which has inspired some of the greatest German composers with its dramatic possibilities and wide emotional range. The centerpiece of this programme is Bach’s 11-movement Jesu Meine Freude, a motet with stark contrasts depicting heaven, hell and Jesus’ liberation of mankind from sin and death.

It is complemented by works from Praetorius and Schütz to Brahms and Bruckner which plunge the listener into existential questions about the misery of human life, whilst also exhorting us to turn to the Lord who is full of mercy. This is music for the soul. 

Tickets from FREE - £15.00 available here

Holy Week Sunday 5 April - Sunday 12 April

During Holy Week we are invited to share in Christ's own journey, from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the desolation of Good Friday and Holy Saturday and finally the joyful celebrations of Easter Sunday.

This year's Holy Week preacher (from Maundy Thursday to Easter Day) is The Venerable  Sheila Watson, Canon Non-Residentiary at St Paul's Cathedral

Born in Ayr in Scotland, Sheila Watson was educated at Ayr Academy and the University of St Andrews where she gained an MA in Classics and subsequently. after a preparatory year of theology at Corpus Christi College Oxford,  an MPhil for research on Augustine of Hippo.

She retired in January 2016 from her role as Archdeacon of Canterbury, a post which she had held since 2007. As such she had a senior role within the Diocese and in the Cathedral as well as representing the Archbishop on ceremonial occasions, including installing the current Archbishop of Canterbury (in the diocesan throne) – the first woman to do so.  Prior to this, from 2002 to 2007, she was Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford.

She came to Canterbury via Scotland, the North East, London and Salisbury as well as Buckinghamshire. First ordained as a deaconess in 1979, when women were formally admitted to Holy Order, she became one of the first women to be ordained deacon in 1987 and priest in 1994 in historic services in St Paul’s Cathedral. Like many women in a traditionally masculine profession, she has seen a huge cultural change in the last 30 years, and has often been the first woman in particular posts. She has worked in three parishes (St Saviours Bridge of Allan and St John’s Alloa, diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane; St Mary the Virgin, Monkseaton, diocese of Newcastle; and Chelsea St Luke and Christ Church, diocese of London). 

Palm Sunday

8.30am - Morning Prayer

9.00am - Eucharist with congregational reading of the Passion

11.00am - Choral Eucharist which begins in Three Crown Square in Borough Market with a dramatic reading of The Passion before the procession to the Cathedral

3.00pm - Evensong (Isaiah 5.1-7, Matthew 21.33-46)

6.00pm - The Fourteen Stations of the Cross by Alan Ridout - An Organ Meditation by Stephen Disley, Assistant Director of Music and Organist, Southwark Cathedral. 

Inspired by the sculptured reliefs of the Stations that are on view in the Cistercian monastic church in Altenburg, Germany.  Each of the thirteen pieces are a variation on the theme which is heard only in its complete form when the fourteenth Station is reached.
 

Monday in Holy Week 

8.00am - Morning Prayer

8.15am - Eucharist

12.30pm - Midday Prayer

12.45pm - Eucharist with Hymns and Address

5.30pm - Choral Evensong followed by Holy Week Meditation, Canon Chacellor Dr Mandy Ford

6.30pm - Silent Prayer

7.00pm - Compline

Tuesday in Holy Week

8.00am - Morning Prayer

8.15am - Eucharist

12.30pm - Midday Prayer

12.45pm - Eucharist with Hymns and Address

5.30pm - Choral Evensong followed by Holy Week Meditation, Canon Missioner Jay Colwill

6.30pm - Silent Prayer

7.00pm - Compline

Wednesday in Holy Week

8.00am - Morning Prayer

8.15am - Eucharist

12.30pm - Midday Prayer

12.45pm - Eucharist with Hymns and Address

5.30pm - Choral Evensong followed by Holy Week Meditation, The Dean The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn

6.30pm - Silent Prayer

7.00pm - Compline

Maundy Thursday

8.00am - Morning Prayer

11.00am - Chrism Eucharist (With Blessing of the Oils and renewel of ministerial vows)

5.30pm - Evening Prayer

6.30pm - Commemoration of the Last Supper with washing of feet followed by Watch of the Passion until Midnight (Exodus 12.1-4, 11-14; I Corinthians 11.23-26; John 13.1-17,31b-35)

Sermon by our Holy Week Preacher, The Venerable Sheila Watson

Good Friday

9.00am - Morning Prayer and Litany

10.15am - Walk of Witness from Christ Church, Blackfriars Road to Waterloo Station for 11.00am

12 Noon - Preaching of the Passion

Sermon by our Holy Week Preacher, The Venerable Sheila Watson

1.30pm - Good Friday Liturgy

4.00pm - Evening Prayer

6.30pm - Southwark Cathedral Good Friday Concert - Faure Reqiuem and Lenten Motets sung by the Cathedral Girls' Choir and Lay-Clerks. Tickets available from here

Holy Saturday 

9.00am - Morning Prayer and Litany

4.00pm - Evening Prayer

Easter Day

5.25am - -Dawn Vigil and Easter Liturgy with Initiation 

Sermon by our Holy Week Preacher, The Venerable Sheila Watson

(Genesis 1.1-2.4a; Exodus 12.1-24; Exodus 14.10-31;15.20-21; Jeremiah 31.31-34; Ezekiel 37.1-14)

7.00am - Easter Breakfast

8.30am - Morning Prayer

9.00am - Eucharist with Hymns

11.00am - Choral Eucharist

3.00pm - Solemn Evensong (Isaiah 43.1-21; I Corinthians 15.1-11) includes Procession of the Cathedral Chapter to the High Altar

Thursday 21 May - Ascension Day

The church celebrates the Ascension of the Lord forty days after Easter Day.  In doing so we follow very closely the chronology we received from Saint Luke in the Acts of the Apostles where we are told that Jesus appeared to the disciples 'over the course of forty days'.  At the end of that time the disciples met on the Mount of Olives and it was there that Jesus was 'taken up' from their sight, or 'withdrew' from them.  The disciples then returned to Jerusalem and awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit ten days later on the Feast of Pentecost.

The Ascension is a joyous feast and celebrated in may places with early morning singing, the ringing of bells and ascending church towers to proclaim the praises of God who has now ascended up on high.

8.00am - Morning Prayer

8.15am - Eucharist

12.30pm - Midday Prayer

12.45pm - Choral Eucharist

5.30pm - Choral Eucharist

Sunday 31 May  - Pentecost

Pentecost (from the Greek word for 'fiftieth') takes place fifty days after Easter Day.  It is the conclusion of the Easter Season, and marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles as promised by Jesus in the Gospels and recorded in the book of Acts.  It is often described as the 'birthday of the Church' as it is the event which empowered the twelve disciples to beome true apostles, those who are 'sent out' to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. 

8.30am - Morning Prayer

9.00am - Eucharist

11.00am - Choral Eucharist

3.00pm - Choral Evensong

6.00pm - Southwark Diocese Pentecost Service