Holy Week Services

Holy Week Services at Saint Bartholomew’s


Palm Sunday, 24 March

9.00am  Said Eucharist
11.00am The solemn Eucharist of Palm Sunday is a sung service that includes the blessing of palms and a reading of the passion narrative.
5.00pm  Choral Evensong

Spy Wednesday, 27 March

10.30am Said Eucharist
7.30pm  Tenebrae, the ‘service of shadows,’ includes readings, prayers, and music by candlelight.  It is an ancient service of the Church traditionally held on ‘Spy Wednesday’ to reflect the events of the passion.

Maundy Thursday, 28 March

7.30pm  The solemn Eucharist of Maundy Thursday is a sung service that marks the institution of the Lord’s Supper and the events that followed when Jesus finished the meal with his disciples.  The altar is stripped and the mood changes from one of celebration to a sober vigil.  The service ends in darkness and a period of prayer and watchfulness around the altar of repose.

Good Friday, 29 April

12.00pm Choral Matins
1.30pm  The Liturgy of Good Friday includes the reading of the passion narrative, the litany of Good Friday, the veneration of the cross, and Communion from the reserved sacrament.

The church will remain open from 12.00pm-3.00pm on Good Friday.
You are welcome to come at any time during this period.

Holy Saturday, 30 March

7.30pm  The Great Vigil of Easter is a sung service beginning with the lighting of the Easter candle around the Paschal fire.  On this night, we renew our baptismal vows and celebrate the Eucharist together as we keep the vigil and await the joy of Easter.

Easter Sunday, 31 March

9.00am  Said Eucharist
11.00am The solemn Eucharist of Easter Day continues the jubilant celebration of the resurrection begun the previous evening.  This year, we will once again have timpani and trumpets to accompany the choir and organ as a musical expression of that joy.

There will not be a service of Choral Evensong on Easter Sunday.