Easter 2020 Worship
A message from Archdeacon Luke
Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Year. Tomorrow, Palm Sunday, we will join our voices with those who welcomed Jesus with cries of Hosanna and blessing and then, quickly, get caught up in the Passion as those same voices shout “crucify him, crucify him.” On Maundy Thursday we enter the Upper Room as Jesus celebrates his Last Supper with the disciples and is betrayed. Good Friday finds us standing at the foot of the Cross as the Lord cries out “it is accomplished” and breathes his last before the stillness and silence, the desolation of Holy Saturday. On Easter Day the joy of the Resurrection overwhelms us for “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”! The Risen Lord will greet us, “Peace be with you”, and “do not be afraid”. God raises him from the dead that our faith and hope might be in him – God’s love for us, and for all creation, is stronger even than death itself.
Bishop Martin and Chichester Cathedral are offering a schedule of live-streamed services for Holy Week 2020.
In unprecedented times and with church buildings across the Diocese of Chichester closed for public worship, Bishop Martin will mark the start of Holy Week this coming Sunday (5th April) with a Palm Sunday service live-streamed at 10.30am.
Reflective audio services for Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th April (7.30pm) will be provided by the Cathedral’s clergy, in which they will talk about the many aspects of Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem.
On Maundy Thursday (9th April), in place of a diocesan-wide service in Chichester Cathedral when clergy traditionally renew their ordination vows, Bishop Martin will lead a short live-streamed liturgy of renewal (12.00pm). In the evening of the same day the Bishop will also celebrate the Eucharist (7:30pm).
Jesus’ death on the cross will be marked by a poignant service led by the Bishop on Good Friday (3.00pm). He will also lead the celebration of the resurrection with a special Easter Day service (10.30am).
All live-streamed services for Holy Week 2020 can be viewed on the Diocese of Chichester and Chichester Cathedral websites: