last updated on: 15th Apr 2014

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week leading to Easter Day is celebrated by Christians around the world to commemorate the most important events in Christianity: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Easter events 

Maundy Thursday  

Chrism service at Leicester Cathedral - find out more here

Good Friday  

In the City

Leicester@the Cross - find out more here

Leicester Cathedral  

12.00   The Preaching of the Cross

A three-hour devotion with prayers, hymns, music, addresses and silence in half-hour sections, concluding with the Proclamation of the Cross and Holy Communion.
Preacher:  The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester.

Easter Sunday

Leicester Cathedral

06.30   Easter Vigil with baptisms and confirmation.
Preacher:  The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester.

10.00   Easter Day Eucharist - broadcast live on BBC One. - find out more here
Accompanied by the Graff Orchestra of England.
Preacher:  The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester.
Congregation to be seated by 09.30.

Following the conclusion of the service, the Cathedral will be closed for additional filming, and will re-open to visitors from Tuesday 22 April.

Easter Monday

Leicester Cathedral

All Day   BBC Songs of Praise Recording Sessions

13.00 - 16.00   Session One
18.00 - 21.00   Session Two

Limited tickets are available - to book call 0116 261 5357.
Maximum 2 tickets per person, or family group of up to 5 people.
One recording session per booking only.
Participants must be seated at least 15 minutes in advance.


There is a collection of Easter videos and resources on the Yes He Is website

The ReJesus website answers some Easter FAQ's

Damaris Easter resources


Archdeacon of Loughborough, David Newman has memorised the entirety of Mark’s Gospel. In this short video he explains the significance of Mark’s account of Jesus life this Holy Week.  One of those present commented, “I have never heard a gospel in one go like that … it brought an immediacy and an extraordinary feeling of listening to pretty nearly an eye witness account.” 

David writes more about why, “It was over thirty years ago that I heard Alec McGowan perform Mark’s gospel on the London stage. I was captivated by it and have always felt since then that if secular theatre could make so much of one of the church’s core texts, we ought to be doing a better job with them in the church. Over the years, I have occasionally learnt bits of it – most notably the passion narrative – and have sometimes encouraged readings in church to be learnt rather than simply read.  However last year a fund-raising challenge spurred me on to learn and recite all of it and it proved to be a memorable experience for me and evidently for those who heard it as well.

Alec McGowan learnt the gospel in the King James Version, while I have opted for the more contemporary New International Version. I have also pared it down a little to about an hour and a half of actual recital. That seemed about the right length for me and for the audience. It falls naturally into two halves. In the first part there is a real emphasis on establishing the identity of Jesus as people encounter him in the things he said and did. Then the mood changes as he very deliberately journeys towards Jerusalem  and faces into the growing opposition from the religious establishment. I see a real parallel here with the human journey of the first half of life establishing who we are by developing our strengths and achieving our potential, and then what has sometimes been called ‘the second journey’ as we come to terms with age, mortality, weakness and failure and let go of ourselves in serving others.   This gospel explores the spiritual meaning and significance of those journeys for Jesus as Messiah and for all who ‘take up their cross’ as his disciples.

Mark’s gospel is intrinsically pacy and dramatic. Words like ‘at once’ or ‘immediately’ pepper the text. Two other words appear regularly - ‘amazed’ and ‘afraid’.  I can certainly identify with a Christian vocation that is lived out between those two poles of experience. McGowan also concluded that ‘whether or not you are a believer, it is impossible to study St Mark carefully and not  know – without any shadow of doubt – that something amazing happened in Galilee two thousand years ago.’ Certainly his recital all those years ago had that sort of effect on me – and I dare to believe that all who come in Holy Week, churchgoer or seeker, might experience  something  equally powerful and life-shaping.”



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