Join us for Lent & Easter 2018

Event Information

  • 13 Feb - 25 Mar 18
  • 09.00am


Key dates for Lent and Easter

The following are some of the key dates for Lent and Easter 2018. Updates to our Lent and Easter programme will be added shortly.

Tuesday 13 February – Shrove Tuesday

Evening Prayer at 5.15pm

Wednesday 14 February - Ash Wednesday

Everyone is welcome to receive the sign of the cross marked in ash on your forehead as a reminder of our mortality and of our sharing of death in Christ. Entry to the Minster is free on this day.

Imposition of Ashes takes place at: 11am and 2pm, at the services of Holy Communion at 7.50am and 12.30pm, and at the Solemn Eucharist at 5.15pm.

Thursdays from 22 February to Thursday 22 March at 1.15pm-2pm - Lent Talks 2018

The theme for this year’s talks is ‘Reconciliation’. Five inspirational speakers will examine reconciliation – what it means in a personal context, a civil and historical context and in conflict zones.The talks will take place in the cathedral’s Nave.

o   22 February: Sister Patricia Harriss: Bar Convent – ‘Reconciliation: a personal journey?’

o   1 March: The Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley – ‘The Cost of Reconciliation’.

o   8 March: Revd Joe Moesel, Assistant Chaplain General, Chaplains Branch HQ1 (UK) Div Imphal Barracks – ‘Conversations in Contact – Reconciliation in Conflict Zones’.

o   15 March: The Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry- ‘Do justice; love mercy; walk humbly – Reconciliation from Coventry Cathedral’.

o   22 March: The Revd Dr Beatrice Brandon DD, Archbishop’s Adviser for the Healing Ministry, Church of England – ‘Glimpses of Glory’.

Sunday 25 March at 10am: Palm Sunday – Procession with Psalms and Eucharist

A procession from the Kohima Memorial in Dean’s Park to the Minster, recalling Jesus’ acclamation as King by the people on entering Jerusalem, followed in the Minster by the reading of the Passion Gospel: St Luke’s account of his suffering and death on a cross.

Thursday 29 March: - Maundy Thursday

o   11am: Chrism Eucharist – The clergy and lay ministers of the Diocese renew their commitment to serve Christ, and oils are blessed for the anointing of the sick, the dying and of those who commit themselves to Christ.

o   7pm: Eucharist of the Last Supper – The events of the night before Jesus died are enacted, particularly the ritual washing of feet as a sign of humility.

o   8.30pm: Watch – We keep watch with Christ as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane – the place where he was later arrested before his trial and crucifixion. A vigil will be kept until midnight.


Friday 30 March: Good Friday

o   10am: Liturgy of Good Friday – on the day that Jesus died a large wooden cross is the focus of our contemplation of the generous love of God made known in Christ’s giving of his life for the world.

o   11.30am – 12.30pm: Stations of the Cross for families (Dean’s Park) – a family friendly service with prayers and singing.

o   12pm: Three Hours Devotion – Service of readings, meditations, hymns and prayers with periods of silence for reflection.

o   7.30pm: York Churches Together service


Saturday 31 March - Easter Eve – The Easter Liturgy: Vigil, Baptism and Confirmation, and First Eucharist of Easter, 8.30pm.

A powerful service in which the resurrection of Christ from the dead is celebrated with the Easter candle being brought into a darkened Minster and at which candidates are baptised and confirmed in the Crypt.

Sunday 1 April - Easter Day

o   10am: Sung EucharistThis is the Church’s great celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

o   11.45am: Choral Matins – We continue to celebrate the joy of Easter with Choral Matins.

o   4pm: Solemn Evensong – The Minster’s celebration of Easter Day concludes with Solemn Evensong and a procession to the Easter Garden.


Stations of the Cross

A devotional service echoing the death of Jesus Christ, which involves a walk around 14 ‘stations’ in the Minster, each one commemorating a stage along Jesus’ journey to the cross.

Each Friday from 23 February to Friday 23 March then on 26, 27 and 28 March, all 11.30am