Your Guide to Holy Week & Easter 2022

March 25, 2022
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March 25, 2022 Joe

Join us for a deep and enriching Holy Week and a joyful Easter celebration as we celebrate the assurance of God’s victory over sin and death in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

A great attraction over Easter is the Easter Garden. This sits inside the west front and, with flowering plants and rocks, it depicts Golgotha and the empty tomb. Download the printable guide here or scroll through the information below.

An English Passion | 3 April, 3.30pm

See flyer on reverse for more information.

Palm Sunday  | 10 April, 10am 

We begin our journey on Palm Sunday when we meet in the market square along with other churches in Ripon for the annual blessing of the palms.

Worship for Holy Week and Easter

Compline with address | 11-13 April, 7.30pm 

Each night a member of the clergy will give a short reflection for Holy Week.  A reflective service with choral music on Tues and Weds.

Holy Week Childrens’ Activities | 13&14 April, 9.30am-1pm 

Join us for lots of fun, crafts, singing and drama as we explore the great stories of Easter. Suitable for children aged 4+, under 5s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Booking essential:

Maundy Thursday – 14 April

Diocesan Chrism Eucharist, 11am

We welcome all bishops, clergy and deacons from across the diocese to renew their ordination vows. Lay people also renew their commitment of service. The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds blesses the oils.

Sung Eucharist followed by the watch, 7.30pm 

We find ourselves in the upper room – literally disciples with Jesus – observing him washing feet and sharing bread and wine – the gift of his body and blood at the Last Supper. Following the service, there is a vigil at an altar of repose until midnight.

Good Friday, 15 April

Mattins (Book of Common Prayer), 8.30am

Journey to Jerusalem, 10.30am

On the morning of Good Friday we hold our service for children and adults; Journey to Jerusalem explores the events of the last week of Jesus’ life as the children act out the story.  After the service drinks and hot cross buns will be served!

Preaching of the Cross, 12.00pm

On this most sacred day there is a service of music and reflection as we focus on the cross of Christ and his loving sacrifice.

The Liturgy of Good Friday, 1.30pm

On Good Friday afternoon we hold a solemn service of music, liturgy and ritual focussing on the cross of Christ.

Evening Prayer at the Pieta, 4pm

Evening Prayer takes place around the statue of Mary cradling the body of Jesus. 

Easter Eve, 16 April

Easter Eve Vigil and Eucharist, 7.30pm

A new paschal candle, representing Christ himself and kept for special occasions, will be lit from a fire kindled outside. The service ends with the cathedral in a blaze of light as the candle is carried in to a dark church; sin and death are conquered by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ’s light can never be extinguished.

Easter Day, 17 April 

8am | Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

10.30am | Festal Eucharist

One of the great cathedral services of the year, with the cathedral choir, joyfully celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 

12.30pm | Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

3.30pm | Festal Evensong


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