Diocese Update for Holy Week

Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham

Update for Holy Week

Welcome to this week’s update.

As we journey through Holy Week, this edition brings you information on services and reflections that you may wish to join in with.

A Special Good Friday Start the Day

On Good Friday, Bishop Paul and Sarah will share a special edition of Start the Day, reflecting on how we can draw inspiration and encouragement for our lives and our world today. You can watch Good Friday’s Start the Day at 9am here.

Bishop Andy’s Easter Video

Bishop Andy’s Easter message will be shared this week. His video reminds us that in the midst of the current atrocities in Ukraine and the struggles in our personal lives, Jesus understands our human suffering and that we have hope in Jesus’ Resurrection. We will be sharing the video on Youtube and Facebook.

Bishop Paul’s Easter Day Sermon

On Sunday, Bishop Paul’s Easter Day Sermon can be either read on our website or watched live from the Minister. The sermon will be available on livestream here or you can read it on our website.

Reflections from Across the Diocese

Each day of Holy Week, we will be sharing short reflections from across the diocese on Facebook. Speakers include Revd Lynda Blakeley from St Stephen’s Sneinton; Director of Ordinands, Revd Craig Hunt; Discipleship & Ministry Director, Revd Richard KellettFather Ian McCormack from St George in The Meadows; Revd Tracey Byrne from St John the Baptist in Beeston; and Southwell Minster’s Canon Missioner, Revd Canon Paul Rattigan. You can watch Palm Sunday’s reflection from Revd Lynda here


Holy Monday
Revd Craig Hunt’s Reflection on Facebook.
Craig shares the story of Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb meeting the risen Jesus and how, like her, we are called by name.

Holy Tuesday
Tenebrae at Southwell Minster, 8-9pm
A service of psalms and readings that marks, and even celebrates, Holy Week’s descent into darkness.

Holy Wednesday
Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Ministry at Southwell Minster, 7:30pm
A service where clergy and lay ministers of the diocese gather with the bishops to renew their ministerial vows and bless holy oils to be used in the coming year – all are very welcome. You can livestream the service here.

Revd Richard Kellett’s Reflection on Facebook.
Richard reminds us we all have our own ministries in life.

Maundy Thursday
The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday at Southwell Minster, 7pm
Following a joyful commemoration of the Last Supper, with the washing of feet recalling Jesus doing the same for his disciples, the mood then changes with the stripping of the altars. The service ends with Watch, waiting with Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. For those who wish to stay, the Vigil continues until 10pm.

Father Ian McCormack’s Reflection on Facebook.
Father Ian reflects on Maundy Thursday and the events that took place during the Last Supper.

Good Friday
Start the Day online at 9am on Facebook.
Bishop Paul and Sarah reflect on Good Friday in a special edition of Start the Day.

The Three Hours at Southwell Minster, 12-3pm
For this year’s Three Hours, members of the cathedral’s Ministry Team will offer addresses reflecting on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. The final hour of the Three (from 2.00pm) will comprise the principal service of the day, the Good Friday Liturgy. Everyone is welcome to come for all or part of the Three Hours, or simply to arrive at 2.00pm for the Liturgy.

Revd Tracey Byrne’s Reflection on Facebook.
Tracey reflects the current situation in Ukraine and the Lord who loves us.

Holy Saturday
Revd Canon Paul Rattigan’s Reflection on Facebook.
The Minster’s Canon Missioner reminds us the importance of the wait between the events of Good Friday and Jesus’ resurrection.

Easter Sunday
Easter Day Cathedral Eucharist at Southwell Minster, 10am
Bishop Paul will preach on Easter Day, with celebrations led by the Cathedral Choir and Minster Chorale, accompanied by the Central England Camerata. The sermon will be available to watch live here or read it on our website.