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").
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
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
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
9.15 am: Sung Eucharist
11.00 am: Procession and Sung Eucharist
4.30 pm: Choral Evensong