Lent is the period of 40 days before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season to reflect and prepare before Easter celebrations. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

On Ash Wednesday, worshippers at the cathedral are marked with ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads. Special services will be held twice that day.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, and Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus' crucifixion.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts: the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It's a day of penitence and celebration as the last chance to indulge and feast before Lent begins.

Shrove Tuesday is sometimes called Pancake Day after the fried batter recipe traditionally eaten on this day. It also gave rise to the festival of Mardi Gras (French for "fat Tuesday").

Holy Week
For Christians, Holy Week is our “Great Week.” Without it, there is no Saviour, no forgiveness, no eucharistic sustenance for our daily life, no hope of eternal life with those we love — indeed nothing at all that makes us identifiably “Christian.” For this reason, this is the one week of the year when the Church steps into “real time,” and journeys day by day, even hour by hour, with Jesus.

The liturgies of Holy Week are essentially the successive acts of a single drama, beginning with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and reaching its climax, when light springs miraculously out the darkness, at the Great Vigil of Easter. This accounts for the fact that there is no Dismissal at the end of services in Holy Week. It isn’t over until it’s over.
– Cathedral Dean, The Very Rev'd M. Ansley Tucker

Please join us.

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26

12.15 pm and 6.00 pm

Friday April 3 Special service: Stations of the Cross

8.45 am

This is one of our usual Morning Prayer time slots, modified for the occasion of the first Friday in Passiontide, a week before Good Friday.

The Stations of the Cross comprise a devotional practice, which invites Christians to follow in the footsteps of Jesus on the day of his crucifixion – either physically, along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, or, as in our case, imaginatively. In 2006, then-Dean Logan McMenamie commissioned seven artists with ties to the cathedral to paint two each of the fourteen traditional stations; those art works now hang on the walls of our north and south ambulatories. This year’s observance will focus on the seven stations which are directly referenced in scripture. We will pause before each one for a reading, a prayer and a time of meditation. The whole sequence will last approximately half an hour. Please plan to join us for this contemplative prelude to the solemnities of Holy Week.

In addition to our regular services, here is the list of special services during Holy Week:

Palm Sunday April 5
8.00 am: Said Eucharist
9.15 and 11.00 am: Procession of Palms
4.30 pm: Passiontide Music and Readings

Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week April 6 and 7
5.15 pm: Choral Evensong

Wednesday in Holy Week April 8

12.15 Sung Eucharist

7.00 pm Tenebrae  (CNJ)

The name of this service literallyy means "shadows." It is sung almost entirely to Renaissance polyphony while candles are gradually extinguished. A loud sound towards the end symbolizes the earthquake when Jesus finally gave up the ghost. This is one of the more experiential services in Holy Week. Much like choral evensong, you can either pray silently to the music or simply let the whole event wash over you. 

Maundy Thursday April 9
7.30 am Matins
7.30 pm: Solemn High Mass and Stripping of the Altar
10.00 pm: Compline in the Lady Chapel

Good Friday April 10
9.00 am: Procession of the Cross in the City
12.00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday April 11
8.00 pm: The Great Vigil of Easter
Baptisms, Confirmations and Reaffirmations

Easter Day April 12
8.00 am: Said Eucharist
10.30 am: (Combined Service) Sung Eucharist
4.30 pm: Choral Evensong