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Easter 2020 Worship

Easter 2020

A message from Archdeacon Luke

Palm Sunday:

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:


































































A daily wave of prayer to lift you!

Lord, For all whose day starts with anxiety,
as they leave the security of home worrying about the risk of infection;
particularly those whose health or age classifies them as vulnerable.
Loving God, be close, keep them safe, along with all whose tasks today includes the care of frail and elderly. And for all of us, grant wisdom to make sensible choices, not just for ourselves, but for everybody. Amen

Lord, Help us to put aside preconceptions about other people, because that alters our behaviour, and simply accept that they, like us, are precious in your eyes. Amen

Help me O God to live this day quietly, hopefully; to lean on your strength, trustfully, to wait for the unfolding of your will, patiently, serenely; to greet other people peacefully, joyfully; to face every task confidently courageously; in the name of Christ our Lord Amen

Most high and glorious God, Lighten the darkness of my heart and give me sound faith,
firm hope and perfect love.
Let me, Lord, have the right feelings and knowledge, properly to carry out the task you have given me. Amen

Lord I thank you for my friends;
When I am confused they give me wisdom.
When I feel sad they help me smile.
When I feel worthless they share their love.
Lord above all this I thank you that you are my
friend for ever. Amen

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, whose love we cannot measure, and whose blessings we cannot number, we praise and thank you for all your goodness, your strength in our weakness, your light in our darkness, your comfort in our sorrow, and above all your peace in our hearts. Amen

Holy God, your life is lived in our midst; open our eyes to see you and our minds and hearts to know you that we may live our life in you.  Amen.

Creator God, in love you made the wonders of the universe, the treasures of the earth … and us in your own image.  May your love give us strength to strengthen others, in faith and in hope, as we share the good news of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need, as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.