Holy Week and Easter 2021

The events of Holy Week moved frighteningly quickly for Jesus and his disciples. If we miss out on the action after Palm Sunday we may also miss some of the glory of Easter Sunday. There are several 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 taken part before, do access what we’re offering online and on Zoom this year. 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, 28 March
9.30 am     Parish Eucharist with dramatic Passion reading on Zoom; click here for service recording and here for Order of Service

Maundy Thursday, 1 April
7.30 pm     Holy Communion with stripping of the altar; click here for live-stream from St Paul’s and here for Order of Service

Good Friday, 2 April
10 am        Family service for all ages on Zoom; click here for Order of Service
12 noon     Contemplative service on Zoom; click here for Order of Service

Holy Saturday, 3 April
7.30 pm     Easter Vigil and Festal Eucharist, live-streamed service from cathedral, www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Easter Sunday, 4 April
9.30 am     Parish Easter Eucharist pre-recorded at St Paul’s, click here for service recording and here for Order of Service in the welcome sheet
9.30 am     Children’s Easter service, pre-recorded, online

Contact youth@stmatthewstpaul.org for Zoom links

This lovely drawing by Harry Wright helps us remember that Jesus broke out of the tomb and lived a new life. This is the central belief of Christianity. The conviction that there is life beyond the many forms of death and loss we have all suffered in recent months can be a tremendous source of hope.

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’.