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.

Our Lent Booklet - Father Forgive - has details of the Lenten offerings this year, together with meditative passages on the Lent Banners that can be seen in the Cathedral during Lent.


Wednesday 26 February - Ash Wednesday

Imposition of Ashes at 8.00am (BCP), 12.30pm (Common Worship said Eucharist) and 6.00pm (Choral Eucharist) - music to include Allegri's Miserere Mei.

Sunday 22 March

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

Sunday 5 April - Palm Sunday

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

The Passion: Meditation and Music - 3.30pm
A service of reflection and meditation on the Passion of Our Lord, with readings. The Cathedral Choir will sing Howells' moving Requiem.

Tuesday 7 April

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

Wednesday 8 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 9 April - Maundy Thursday

Diocesan Eucharist - 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 10 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.

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 11 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 - 8.30pm
At this service we retell the narrative of creation and redemption, and celebrate the risen Christ.
The Bishop of Bristol preaches, and confirms. 

Sunday 12 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.