Holy Week

Lent is the season of preparation for Easter, a season of penitence and discipline, seeking to grow in faith and trust. It is often characterised by fasting, prayer and almsgiving (charitable giving/work). All are welcome as we make our journey to Jerusalem with Jesus, as Lent turns into Holy Week.

Please do join worship throughout Holy Week – as we share a revised programme with our sister church St Cuthbert’s Cleadon Park, with worship online and with reflective material for use at Holy Week in these strange times.

In Holy Week our services help us to focus on Christ’s coming sacrifice, they combine words and music in opportunities to feel the mounting tension of the week.

Of course, this year we have had to come to terms with the fact that our marking of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection will have to be more individual than corporate. Nevertheless, we invite you to join us from home as we worship together still. Links will become active as the service nears (and those who are not online are welcome to be encouraged to call 0191 814 1230 to hear):

  • Palm Sunday (11am, 5th April) (All Glory Laud and Honour words for your exercise today!)
  • Monday of Holy Week: Reflections from Jerusalem (7pm, 6th April)
  • Tuesday of Holy Week: The Seven Last Words (7pm, 7th April)
  • Wednesday of Holy Week: Music and Meditation (7pm, 8th April)
  • Maundy Thursday (7pm, 9th April)
  • Good Friday Children’s Service (11am, 10th April)
  • Good Friday (3pm, 10th April)
  • Easter Eve (6pm, 11th April)
  • Easter Day (11am, 12th April)

Amongst our services and in addition to the Eucharist, we usually offer either a ‘Tenebrae’ – the service of shadows, where candles are extinguished one by one to leave us in the dark emptiness of loss, waiting… or ‘Seven Last Words’ – a series of reflections on the phrases attributed to Jesus on the cross. Both of these combine music and stillness to enter into the journey. At ‘Music & Meditation’ a piece of art is discussed giving us space to question, and it is matched with music and prayer.

On Maundy Thursday we celebrate Jesus’ institution of the Last Supper, then we clear away all the decoration from the sanctuary and wait a while in the emptiness. On Good Friday we remember the story of Holy Week with the children and then we have a sparse but powerful worship with the Passion being read and the opportunity to reflect at St Cuthbert’s life-size cross, before we leave in silence.