Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Day.

Palm Sunday falls on 25 March in 2018

10.15am  Palm Sunday: Palm Procession
                                                   and Solemn  Eucharist,

Our Lord’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem is celebrated with the rite of blessing and distribution of Palm Crosses and a procession, immediately followed by Solemn Mass.

Holy Week ends with the Triduum  – ‘Three Great Days’   celebrated at St Hilda’s
with  the proper ceremonies.   We  welcome vistors every year.  We sit in the chancel of the church (numbers permitting) so our sense of participation is heightened.  There are cantors  who  sing some of the traditional music – tradtional texts are  generally used throughout. Collections on Thursday and Friday are given to support the work of the Diocese of Jerusalem’s work to relieve the people of Palestine and the Middle East.

The Great Three Days and their services:

8pm  Maundy Thursday   Liturgy of the Last Supper with (ceremonial) washing of feet, Eucharist, procession of the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose and stripping of Altars.

3pm  Good Friday   Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion –   Corporate reading of  Passion according to John,  Veneration of the Cross;  Mass of the pre-sanctified,  burial of Jesus  reading is sung to end the Liturgy.  the  Fast is broken with tea and toasted hot cross buns.

Easter Sunday

8.30 am  Holy Communion  said  in  the Lady Chapel.

10 am  Lighting of new fire and Paschal Candle

10.15 am  Solemn Mass with Renewal of Baptismal Vows


Leave a Reply