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In Holy Week, we walk with Jesus through the Passion story: from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; to his trial, and execution, commemorated on Good Friday; through the grief and silence of Holy Saturday, to the utter joy of the resurrection on Easter Day.

This year, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York journeys with us through Holy Week

Choral Evensong is sung daily during Holy Week by the Choir of York Minster, Monday 11 to Saturday 16 April, with seasonal psalmody and music, scripture and prayers and becoming more sparse and simple each day.

Livestreamed services will be available on this page and on our YouTube channel.

 

Palm Sunday, 10 April

Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter Day. On this day we commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

We will mark this day with a Procession and Eucharist at 10.30am, Choral Evensong at 4pm and a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion at 7.30pm.

Find out more about these services here.

 

Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 April, 7.30pm, Holy Week Address by the Archbishop of York followed by Compline

Each address is followed by the beautiful candlelit service of night prayer or ‘compline’ sung by the Ebor Singers. This service is a form of prayer said at the completion of the day, and traditionally after this service we are encouraged to enter into a time of silence. The Archbishop of York will preach at these services.

This service will also be livestreamed.

 

Wednesday 13 April, 7.30pm, Holy Week Address by the Archbishop of York followed by Tenebrae

The service of Tenebrae is sung by The Ebor Singers. The service recounts the betrayal of Jesus and the events of the passion in music and silence and through the gradual extinguishing of candles. The Archbishop of York will give his third Holy Week Address at this service.

This service will also be livestreamed.

Find out more about the Holy Week Address here.

 

Maundy Thursday, 14 April

On Maundy Thursday we contemplate Christ’s call to service as he washed his disciples’ feet and give thanks for the gift of Holy Communion as we remember the Last Supper.

There will be three services for Maundy Thursday. The Chrism Eucharist at 11am, the Liturgy of Maundy Thursday Eucharist at 7pm and the Watch at 8.30pm.

The Chrism Eucharist will also be livestreamed.

Find out more about these services here.

 

Good Friday, 15 April

On Good Friday, we will remember the crucifixion of Jesus with the Liturgy of Good Friday at 10am and the Three Hours’ Devotion from 12noon to 3pm.

These services will also be livestreamed.

Find out more about these services here.

 

Holy Saturday, 16 April

Join our session for families – Saturday Mornings at York Minster – and get hands on creating a spring paper flower inspired by the cathedral’s Easter garden.

Find out more about this event here.

The Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter and Confirmations moves from darkness to light. The Archbishop of York will preach and preside at this service which takes place at 8pm.

Find out more about this service here.

 

Easter Day, 17 April

On Easter Day, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.

There will be four services held on Easter Day, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Choral Matins , 11am Festal Eucharist and 4pm Solemn Evensong.

The Eucharist and Evensong will also be livestreamed.

Find out more about these services here.

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