Holy Week and Easter 2019

The events of Holy Week moved frighteningly quickly for Jesus and his disciples. If we miss out on the action at church after Palm Sunday we may also miss some of the glory of Easter Sunday. There are many services this week, and while the format is sometimes different from our normal Sunday worship, there are service sheets to guide you and much will be familiar. One woman who had attended church all her life was quite incredulous that services were even held on Maundy Thursday – what was all that about? ‘But that’s when it all began’, replied the wise, gentle neighbour. ‘That’s when Jesus first blessed the bread and wine.’

Holy Week services bring our faith to life like no other time of the year. If you’ve never been before, do come and check them out. If you’re familiar with the rhythm of Holy Week services then be like that neighbour and encourage someone else to join in.

Palm Sunday, 14 April
8 am           Holy Communion at St Matthew’s
9.30 am      Parish Communion with procession of palms, dramatic Passion reading and children’s activities at St Paul’s
11.15 am    Mattins and Passion reading at St Matthew’s

Maundy Thursday, 18 April
7.30 pm      Holy Communion with stripping of the altar, and watch, at St Paul’s

Good Friday, 19 April
10 am        Family service for all ages at St Paul’s
10.50 am   Churches Together in Winchester Walk of Witness (meet at St Peter’s)
12 noon     Devotional service at St Paul’s
2 pm          Devotional service at St Matthew’s

Holy Saturday, 20 April
10 am        Easter garden preparation by children at St Paul’s
8 pm          Vigil and first light of Easter at St Paul’s

Easter Sunday, 21 April
8 am          Holy Communion at St Matthew’s
9.30 am     Family Communion, with Easter egg hunt for children, at St Paul’s
11.15 am   Mattins and Holy Communion at St Matthew’s

The Cross of Nails is made of 14th-century nails found in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral. It was sent as a gesture of goodwill after World War 2 by the Provost of Coventry to the Dean of Napier Cathedral, New Zealand, where the cathedral had been destroyed by an earthquake. With a confident faith in restoration, the accompanying message was, ‘We shall rise again’.