Faith & Worship

Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Lent is the great 40 days of preparation for Easter, in which we journey with Christ through the story of his death and resurrection.

Throughout Lent, you can follow our virtual pilgrimage - From the Cathedral to the Cross - the booklet for which is available here.


Sunday 31 March

Cathedral Eucharist on Mothering Sunday - 10.00am
A Eucharist with distribution of flowers

Friday 12 April

Choral Evensong with the Melgás Consort - 5.15pm
An opportunity to hear some polyphony from the Portuguese composer Diogo Dias Melgás, as we prepare for Holy Week

Sunday 14 April - Palm Sunday

Eucharist with Procession of Palms - 10.00am
We gather on College Green and process into the Cathedral

Stations of the Cross - 3.30pm
We walk with Christ to the crucifixion. The service concludes with a dance dance drama depicting an imagined meeting of the mother of Judas and Mary the mother of Jesus, after the Crucifixion.
Devised and Choreographed by Margaret Bull and danced by students of The Bristol School of Dancing. Music: Brahms Sonata no 1 for Cello and Piano. Ist Movement; Allegro non Troppo

Tuesday 16 April

Membra Jesu Nostri - 5.15pm
A meditative service largely comprising of Buxtehude's great choral work.
Sung by the Fitzhardinge Consort.

Wednesday 17 April

Compline, with the Lamentations of Jeremiah, Tallis - 7.30pm
Held in the Eastern Lady Chapel, the evening service of Compline is bookended by the two parts of Thomas Tallis's sublime Lamentations of Jeremiah.
Sung by the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars of the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 18 April - Maundy Thursday

Diocesan Chrism Mass - 10.30am
With the blessing of oils and renewal of commitment to ministry.
Sung by the Cathedral Consort

The Liturgy of the Last Supper - 7.30pm
The first of the Triduum, the three great services of Holy Week and Easter, this service dramatically re-enacts the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and the Disciples the night before he died.

Friday 19 April - Good Friday

The Meaning of the Cross - 10.00am
This short service is aimed at children, retelling the story of Christ's death and resurrection in a child-friendly way. 

Meditations at the Cross - 12noon
The first half of the three hour devotion is a service of words, music, and reflection.
Led by the Revd Stephen Hampton, Dean of Peterhouse, Cambridge.

The Liturgy of the Lord's Death - 1.30pm
The second half of the three hour devotion, and part two of the Triduum, we kneel at the foot of the cross.

Saturday 20 April - Holy Saturday

On this holy day, the Cathedral is bare, no candles burn, no lights are lit. We await the coming Christ.

The Liturgy of the Lord's Resurrection - 9.00pm
At this service we retell the narrative of creation and redemption, and celebrate the risen Christ.
The Bishop of Bristol preaches, and confirms. 

Sunday 21 April - Easter Day

Festival Eucharist - 10.00am
We celebrate the risen Christ at this festival Eucharist.

Festal Evensong - 3.30pm
Join us for an Easter celebration, with music from the assembled Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Consort, collectively known as the Great Choir.


Special Services

The Cathedral hosts services for a wide range of people and organisations who want to celebrate and commemorate the important events in life, and their faith journey. We host baptisms and weddings, funerals and memorial services. We also hold services for local schools, for charities and businesses and for civic partners, like the legal profession. We also host services for the wider church - including ordination services for those who are becoming deacons and priests in the Diocese of Bristol. If you would like to ask about arranging a service please contact the Executive Assistant.