Holy Week and Easter is one of the most dramatic period in the Church’s calendar. This year our programme is substantially reduced and all our services are digital.

Here, too, is a really useful outline of many events within and beyond our parishes that you will find useful throughout the week.

Palm Sunday, 5th April

Pre-recorded Eucharistic Celebration – website – 9.30 am

The focus for this service is the events of that first “Palm Sunday,” Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, greeted by crowds of people to welcome him.

A Walk for Palm Sundaywebsite – 4.00 pm

Please join us for the Palm Sunday Virtual Walk. Helped by some photos and our imagination we will set out at 4.00 pm towards Abacus Nursery and return via the Bowling Club; stopping to pray at various places for our schools, planet, security, life etc. You may want to have your imaginary tea waiting for you as alas this year there is no Bring & Share Lunch!

Monday in Holy Week, 6th April

Morning Prayer via Zoom – 9.00 Zoom, Join in – The meeting password is 196418Help here

The ministry team will say morning prayer together, you are invited to join them via Zoom. This service will be led by Canon Chris Blanchard from Walford Rectory. Here is the order of service:

Tuesday in Holy Week, 7th April

MMorning Prayer via Zoom – 9.00 Zoom, Join in – The meeting password is 196418 – Help here

The ministry team will say morning prayer together, you are invited to join them via Zoom. This service will be led by Revd Colin Leggate from his home. Download the order of service above (Monday).

Wednesday in Holy Week, 8th April

Morning Prayer via Zoom9.00 Zoom, Join in – The meeting password is 196418 – Help here

The ministry team will say morning prayer together, you are invited to join them via Zoom. This service will be led by Canon Freda Davies from her home. Download the order of service above (Monday).

Compline via Zoom Zoom – 9.00 pm – Join inHelp here

An opportunity to pray together at the close of the day. A mix of quiet and words from Compline, the ancient late night monastic office. A perfect night cap for a peaceful night! This service will be led by Prebendary Caroline Pascoe from her home.

Maundy Thursday, 9th April

Morning Prayer via Zoom – 9.00 Zoom, Join in – The meeting password is 196418 – Help here

The ministry team will say morning prayer together, you are invited to join them via Zoom. This service will be led by Dr Derek Glover from his home. Download the order of service above (Monday).

A meditation for Maundy Thursday – no special time, a service to use on your own, when you choose. This meditation sheet can be used just as a printed sheet. Or, if you view it online online, click on the links in the text which will take you to music for reflection.

A Eucharist and Service of Shadows from our homes – 7.00 pm (please note change of time) on Zoom- Join here – Password: 009084

We gather in the places where we eat our meals – in our dining rooms or kitchens to share in a spiritual Eucharist, and then hear the story of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest.

Silent reflection will be very important to this service, so once underway you will be muted and you will need to un-mute your mic if you have a role in the service. Please have a candle ready for lighting and have a copy of this order of service visible so that you can join in the responses.

Good Friday, 10th April

Morning Prayer via Zoom9.00 Zoom, Join in – The meeting password is 196418 – Help here

The ministry team will say morning prayer together, you are invited to join them via Zoom. This service will be led by the Rector, The Revd Sean Semple from Ross Rectory. Download the order of service above (Monday).

Good Friday Resources – A range of resources will be available for you to construct your own devotion for Good Friday – details to follow.

A Good Friday meditation – another resource to be used when you wish.

We walk with Jesus to the cross. There are nine stations each with an image and biblical passage. At each station you will find resources offered for meditation including: a short thought starter; a prayer starter; a short meditative craft video recorded by Christine for this Good Friday; traditional Good Friday music from the St Mary’s choir archive; some other musical material including hymns and songs; links to find out more.

A Service for Good Friday from Hereford Cathedral led by the Dean, The Very Revd Michael Tavinor at 6.00 pm – Diocesan Facebook page

Holy Saturday, 11th April

Morning Prayer via Zoom 9.00 Zoom, Join in – The meeting password is 196418 – Help here

The ministry team will say morning prayer together, you are invited to join them via Zoom. This service will be led by Christine Cattanach from her home. Download the order of service above (Monday).

Easter Day, 12th April

Pre-recorded Eucharistic Celebration – website – 9.30 am

Celebrate Easter in what we hope can be a celebration with a Eucharist at its heart. This service will be led by the Rector with contributions from around our churches and some archive Easter music from St Mary’s choir.

Evensong for Easter Daywebsite – 6.00 pm

A virtual service, the musical content drawn mainly from archive recordings of St Mary’s choir spanning 25 years and a wide variety of locations (many of them cathedral services).