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Holy Week and Easter Sunday 2020

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Lent, Holy Week and Easter lie at the heart of the Christian faith. This year our worship offering came to you virtually, via audio services, video messaging and online resources. Our clergy and musicians led our worship from their homes and joined with the whole church so we could worship together even though we were apart.

Below you can find all of our audio services and online resources for Holy Week and Easter Day 2020.

Holy Week Resources for Personal Worship

A reflection for Passiontide
As we approach Holy Week, the Canon Precentor, Victoria Johnson begins this series with a short reflection for Passiontide, exploring how we are called to journey with Christ to the cross and find there hope and consolation.


Palm Sunday Audio Service
The Palm Sunday service recalls Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a Donkey, he is lauded as King but soon after he is sentenced to death.


Maundy Thursday Audio Service
We contemplate Christ’s call to service as he washed his disciples’ feet and we also give thanks for the gift of Holy Communion as we remember the Last Supper which Christ shared with his disciples. Music comes from the York Minster Choir, Ubi Caritas, by Phillip Moore, O Salutaris Hostia by Thomas Tallis.


Good Friday Audio Service
The service is led by the Revd Canon Dr Victoria Johnson which includes readings and music by York Minster Choir – Drop, drop slow tears, In manus tuas  by Thomas Tallis, the Aria Mache dich mein Herze rein (from St Matthew Passion) – J S Bach.


Stories for Good Friday
Please listen to a short introduction to the series from Canon Michael:


During a recent sabbatical, our Canon Pastor, Michael Smith, created a series of fictional stories inspired by passages from the bible*.

These stories were going to make their highly-anticipated debut during our traditional Three Hours Devotion service on Good Friday. Sadly, that is no longer possible but we are delighted to be able to offer these stories to you online over the Easter period.

*Passages provided below

James’ Story
Read by Ehren Mierau, a member of our Community Committee who also works for the Diocese of York

James’ Story – Bible passage
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Leah’s Story
Read by Natasha Brice, a member of one of our housegroups

Leah’s Story – Bible Passage
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Saul’s Story
Read by Stuart O’Hara, a professional singer and Songman in the Minster choir

Saul’s story – Bible Passage
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Hannah’s Story
Read by Rachel Hicks, co-chair of our Community Committee and member of the Cathedral Council

Hannah’s Story – Bible Passage
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Lazurus’ Story
Read by Stephen Griffith, a retired priest and one of our Honorary Chaplains

Lazarus’ Story Bible Passage
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Melchior’s Story
Read by Peter Collier, Chair of our Cathedral Council and a Reader at St Michael le Belfry, our neighbouring church.

Melchior’s Story – Bible passage
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Easter Eve Worship
Explore the theme of moving from darkness to light, with an address by the Revd Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood and music from the York Minster Choir with the Anthem, by Palestrina, Sicut cervus, and the triumphant Gloria, from Widor Mass.


Easter Sunday Worship
Watch a special Easter message led by the Dean of York, the Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Frost.

Listen to or download our Easter Sunday audio service here. Led by the Revd Canon Dr Victoria Johnson and the York Minster Choir singing joyful music for Easter, including Psalm 150, Rise heart, thy Lord is risen by Vaughan Williams, the Easter hymn Jesus Christ is risen today and Stanford’s Te Deum.

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