Lent and Easter

6 March 2019


“We warmly invite you to join Wakefield Cathedral’s journey through Lent and Holy Week to Easter.

“Christians have always understood the days of Lent and Holy Week as an opportunity for reflection, penitence and spiritual renewal. In former times this often included fasting, more often in our own times it has entailed a broader commitment to abstinence, or attention to the effects that our behaviour and patterns of consumption have on our neighbours both near and far. May these days of Lent be a time of rich blessing and fruitful reflection for you.” Dean Simon

Lent and Easter at Wakefield Cathedral

Ashes to go saw the start our Lenten journey, with cathedral clergy joining the Bishop of Wakefield taking ashes outside the church walls and into the city offering people the chance to receive the cross of ash as a token of repentance.

Our Lent and Easter cross was raised in the centre of the nave and ashes to go are available at the foot of the cross throughout Lent.

Our services through Lent are weekdays as usual at 08.15 and 12.30 (Wed 10.30) with said prayer or choral evensong each day. Please check our website for daily service times. We suggest you might like to take to attend an extra service each week during Lent and are happy to talk to you about what you might find helpful.

During Lent, Cathedral Wednesdays will form our Lent Study Groups and will continue our theme of inclusion and identity. Confirmation Classes will run parallel with these meetings. They will meet in the Cathedral at 1900 on these dates:

March 13

March 20

March 27

April 3

April 10

There is also the opportunity to be prepared for confirmation.

For more information, contact the Cathedral Office.

Holy Week

The main preacher during Holy Week will be Dean Simon. On Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week Simon’s talks will reflect

on the three themes of: our fellowship with Christ; our betrayal of Christ; and our restoration in Christ, which he will explore through painting, poetry, and music.

They will include some of the Tenebrae Responses by the sixteenth century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. Written especially for use

during Holy Week.

Sat April 13th

Messy Cathedral is 11.00 to 13.00 -Free drop in for families.

Stations of the Cross with Curate Tim Stevens – 17.00-18.00 . An hour of prayer and devotion tracing the 14 stations of the cross in the cathedral through words, music and art.

Palm Sunday 14 April

08.00 Holy Communion (BCP)

09.15 Holy Eucharist

11.00 Holy Eucharist

15.30 Words from the Cross

Monday 15 April

Easter family fun in the Cathedral:

Easter themed arts and crafts is at 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 -15.00 – free drop in for families.


08.15 Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist

12.30 Holy Eucharist

19.00 Tenebrae and Sermon

Tuesday 16 April

08.15 Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist

19.00 Tenebrae and Sermon

Wednesday 17 April

08.15 Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist

10.30 Holy Communion (BCP)

19.00 Tenebrae and Sermon

Maundy Thursday 18 April

08.15 Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist

19.00 The Eucharist of the Last Supper,

foot washing, and Watch of the Passion until 22.00

Good Friday 19 April

08.15 Morning Prayer

10.00 Walk of Witness starting and ending at Wakefield Cathedral

10.30 Ecumenical Service

12.30 An Hour at the Cross

13.35 The Liturgy of Good Friday

17.00 Missa


Easter Eve 20 April

08.15 Morning Prayer

19.00 The Easter Vigil

Easter Day 21 April

08.00 Holy Communion (BCP)

09.15 The Eucharist with the Bishop of Leeds

11.00 Solemn Eucharist with the Bishop of Leeds

15.30 Solemn Evensong

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Cathedral office 01924 373923 or email :;



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