Palm Sunday 2020 - Holy Week at Home

Sunday 5th April, Palm Sunday 2020


Services for the Triduum (Maundy Thursday to Easter Day) will be sent out later this week. We plan to join in prayer at the following times*:

Maundy Thursday - 9th April, 6.30pm 'Tenebrae' (Latin for 'darkness' or 'shadows') a centuries old Holy Week service where candles are extinguished after each reading. The Revd Chris Min

chin will lead us in an adapted version telling the story of Jesus' last night with his disciples and his betrayal. There will be an accompanying video of candles, or you can light your own at home.

Good Friday - 10th April, 2pm Prayers at the foot of the cross. Using a painting of the cross by the painter Caspar David Friedrich, the Revd David Kirkwood leads us in a meditation on the cross and the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus.

The Easter Vigil - 12th April, 10am You can use this service the night before or at dawn on Sunday if you prefer! The great celebration of Jesus rising to new life. Beginning in darkness we build in anticipation until you are invited to make a great noise - whether with bells, clapping, musical instruments, or pots and pans!  The Revd David Kirkwood will reflect on a different painting by Caspar David Friedrich. We also renew our baptismal vows in the knowledge that, through the power of God, new life and joy has come out of the death and despair of the cross.

Night prayer during Holy Week  Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9pm Compline, or Night Prayer, is a short and quiet service to end the day. We will pray at 9pm but you can use this anytime before you go to bed. In addition to the main Holy Week services, you may wish to set aside some time earlier in the week to enter fully into this most holy time.  We will use this order of service here. The Church of England is uploading the audio version, you can listen along here.

* We are suggesting times to join us in prayer but you are welcome to use these services at any time! 


Do you need some help?  You may have to self-isolate but you don’t have to feel alone! Contact the clergy or our volunteers and we will find the best way to support you and those not currently isolating can bring you supplies. Everyone, please keep social-distancing - stay 2 metres apart, and only go outside to exercise, and go to the shop for essentials.

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Make your palm cross! 'Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest' We can't hand out palm crosses this year, but you can make your own out of paper!  Hold onto your cross as an aid to your prayer during our Church at Home service There is also simpler version for young children to cut out and colour. 

Children's resources - Palm Sunday We will include resources each week from Roots to help you reflect on Bible readings with children at home. You can download and print the resources here:  Activity sheet