Lent and Easter 2015

Leicester Cathedral will host a variety of services and events to mark Lent, Holy Week and Easter.

The Cathedral’s Lent course Journeying through Lent runs on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at St Nicholas’ Church (St Nicholas Circle, LE1 4LB).  For further information contact Canon Rosy Fairhurst E: rosy.fairhurst@leccofe.org

In addition, this year’s “York Course” Praise Him: Songs of Praise in the New Testament will be the basis of a Lenten Study Group on Thursday evenings at St Andrew’s Church (Jarrom Street, LE2 7DH).  There will be a Mass at 7.00pm, followed by a Bring and Share Supper and discussion in the Community Hall.  The evening will finish at 9.00pm.  All are welcome.

Canon Barry will also lead the Stations of the Cross devotions every Wednesday morning in Lent at 9.30am at Trinity Hospital (Western Boulevard, LE2 7BU).  All are welcome.  For further details please contact Canon Barry Naylor T:  0116 255 0031.

Click here to see a full list of special services and events taking place this Lent and Easter.

Easter Live on the BBC

On Easter Sunday morning, Leicester Cathedral’s Eucharist service was broadcast to the nation on BBC One television.  The Cathedral was packed to the rafters with 500 people in the congregation (and cameras!) to share in a moving and joyful Easter Eucharist.

The service featured fantastic music from the Cathedral Choir and the Graff Orchestra of England, joyful singing, a moving personal sermon from the Dean, beautiful colourful dancing by Asian Christians from All Saints’ Church, as well as a renewal of baptism vows and Eucharist.

In addition, on Easter Monday two editions of Songs of Praise were recorded, with the first due to be broadcast on Pentecost Sunday (8 June).

The Easter Day service is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer until 11.00am on Sunday 27 April.

Click here to read the text of the Dean’s sermon.

Holy Week and Easter Week at Leicester Cathedral

Holy Week and Easter at Leicester Cathedral

We are delighted to be welcoming camera crews from the BBC over the Easter weekend, who will be broadcasting the Easter Day Eucharist live on BBC One television, and recording two editions of Songs of Praise on Easter Monday.

To facilitate the necessary preparations, rehearsals and final dismount for these recordings, the Cathedral will be closed to visitors during Holy Week from Tuesday 15 – Tuesday 22 April, except for when services are held (detailed below).  The Cathedral will then reopen to the public on Wednesday 23 April.

A list of special services for Holy Week at Leicester Cathedral can be found below.  For details of all services taking place at Leicester Cathedral during Holy Week, please click here.

Holy Week

Monday, 14 April 2014 13.00 Personalities of the Passion: Organ Meditation
Cathedral Organist Simon Headley gives a reflective organ recital to mark the beginning of Holy Week, playing the movements from J. S. Bach’s Chorale Partita ‘Sei Gegrußet, Jesu gütig’, interspersed with Bible readings and poetry readings by Peter Lewis CC.  Preceded by a light lunch from 12.30.

18.00 Eucharist with Homily – held at St Margaret’s Church

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
18.00 Eucharist with Homily – held at St Margaret’s Church

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
18.00 Eucharist with Homily – held at St Margaret’s Church

Maundy Thursday, 17 April 2014
11.00 Chrism Eucharist
with the Renewal of Ordination Vows, the Celebration of Ministries and the Blessing of the Holy Oils.
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

19.30 Eucharist of the Last Supper and Vigil – held at St Margaret’s Church.
Preacher: The Sub-Dean.

Good Friday, 18 April 2014
12.00 The Preaching of the Cr
oss A three-hour devotion with prayers, hymns, music, addresses and silence in half-hour sections, concluding with the Proclamation of the Cross and Holy Communion.
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014
06.30 Easter Vigil with baptisms and confirmation.
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

10.00 Easter Day Eucharist – broadcast live on BBC One television.
Accompanied by the Graff Orchestra of England.
Preacher: The Dean of Leicester.
Congregation to be seated by 09.30.

Easter Monday, 21 April 2014 All Day Recording Sessions for BBC One’s Songs of Praise

13.00 – 16.00 Session One
18.00 – 21.00 Session Two

Admittance by free ticket. Participants must be seated at least 15 minutes in advance.

 

Songs of Praise in Leicester Cathedral

A reminder that BBC One television will broadcast the Eucharist live on Easter Sunday Morning from Leicester Cathedral at 10.00am.  No tickets required and everyone is welcome to attend this Holy Communion service, with the congregation needing to be seated by 9.30am at the latest.  To reserve a seat please send your name and the number you require to leicestercathedral@leccofe.org or telephone Richard Paterson on 0116 261 5357.

Please note that there is no parking at the Cathedral at the moment, and the nearest public car park is the Holiday Inn NCP.

Songs of Praise Easter Monday

You can also attend the recording of two episodes of Songs of Praise will be recorded on Easter Monday. You will  need tickets for these recordings see below for details

Television Camera Recording for Songs of Praise 1:

Monday 21st April 13:00-16:00 Leicester Cathedral, Peacock Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5FX

Television Camera Recording for Songs of Praise 2:

Monday 21st April 18:00-21:00 Leicester Cathedral, Peacock Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5FX

Admission is by free ticket. Songs of Praise recordings are often very popular and therefore we ask that you only apply for tickets that you will be able to use. We do try to accommodate everyone, but in the event that we are oversubscribed we will allocate on a pro rata basis.

Please complete the Songs of Praise application form and return it to:
Songs of Praise (Leicester)
1st Floor Dock House
BBC Media City
Salford
M50 2LH

Please note that the deadline for ticket applications is Monday 31st March. If you have any queries, please leave a message on the Songs of Praise ticket line on 0161 335 8429 and a member of the team will get back to you. Alternatively, you can email songsofpraise@bbc.co.uk

Thank you very much, and we hope to see you there.

Karen Hannah l Producer l BBC Songs of Praise

Lent and Easter at Leicester Cathedral

Throughout Lent, Leicester Cathedral will be host of a number of special events and services alongside our normal daily pattern.  Additionally, the Cathedral is running ‘Think Hunger’, a Lenten campaign focusing on the issues of hunger in the UK.  Lent sermons at Sunday services at 10.30 and 15.00 will focus on aspects of hunger, and a chain of fasting, begun by Bishop Tim on Ash Wednesday, is hoped to extend unbroken right through Lent.  More information is available on the Diocese of Leicester’s Think Hunger page.

Ash Wednesday, 5 March 2014
13.00   Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
Preacher: The Revd Alison Adams, Diocese and Cathedral Social Responsibility Enabler.

17.30   Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

Wednesday 12 March 2014
19.00   Think Hunger: Chewing the Cud

A public conversation on the theme of hunger between four panellists and the Bishop of Leicester, with the opportunity for questions.

Panellists include:
Baroness Hazel Byford of Rothley
Dilwar Hussain (Chair, New Horizons in British Islam)
Councillor Rory Palmer (Deputy City Mayor)
John Willetts (Trustee and Project Director, Fareshare, Leicester)

Doors open 18.30.
Admission free.  Retiring collection in aid of the St Martins House Food Bank.

Wednesday 12 March 2014
10.00 – 14.00   Cathedral Tea Room

Organised by the Leicester Cathedral Flower Arrangers.

Monday 31 March 2014
13.00   Lunchtime Organ Recital: Roxanne Summerfield (Assistant Organist, St James the Greater, Leicester)
Preceded by lunch in the Great South Aisle from 12.30.  Admission free.

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 April 2014
19.00   Shakespeare’s Richard III

Performed by Leicester University Theatre in the nave of the Cathedral.
Tickets £10.00 / £7.00 concessions / £5.00 LUT members, available from www.embracearts.co.uk

Saturday 5 April 2014
19.30   Bach Johannes Passion

J. S. Bach’s setting of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to St John, performed by the Leicestershire Chorale, with the Cathedral Youth Choir and the Leicestershire Camerata Baroque.

Tickets £10.00 (£12.00 on the door) / £5.00 NUS / £1.00 under-19s, available from Christian Resources T: 0116 261 5222.

Sunday 6 April 2014
15.00   Choral Evensong
attended by the High Sheriff of Leicestershire and Members of the Judiciary
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

Palm Sunday, 13 April 2014
10.30   Eucharist with Sung Gospel of the Passion

15.00   Service of Music and Readings for Passiontide
with the Installation of the Revd Jeff Hopewell as Canon

Holy Week

Monday 14 April 2014
13.00   Reflective Organ Recital: Simon Headley
(Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music)
Marking the beginning of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday, 17 April 2014
11.00   Chrism Eucharist
with the Renewal of Ordination Vows, the Celebration of Ministries and the Blessing of the Holy Oils.
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

19.30   Eucharist of the Last Supper and Vigil
Held at St Margaret’s Church.

Good Friday, 18 April 2014
12.00   The Preaching of the Cross

A three-hour devotion with prayers, hymns, music, addresses and silence in half-hour sections, concluding with the Proclamation of the Cross and Holy Communion.
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014
06.30   Easter Vigil
with baptisms and confirmation.
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

10.00   Easter Day Eucharist – broadcast live on BBC One.
Accompanied by the Graff Orchestra of England.
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.
Congregation to be seated by 09.30.

Following the conclusion of the Easter Morning service, the Cathedral will be closed for the rest of the day and for Easter Monday to allow for the filming of two editions of BBC One’s Songs of Praise.  The Cathedral will then reopen to visitors from Tuesday 22 April 2014.

Easter Monday, 21 April 2014
All Day   Recording Sessions for BBC One’s Songs of Praise

13.00 – 16.00   Session One
18.00 – 21.00   Session Two

Limited tickets are available – to book call 0116 261 5357.
Maximum 2 tickets per person, or a family group of up to 5 people.
One recording session per booking only.
Participants must be seated at least 15 minutes in advance.

‘Think Hunger’ Campaign Launched

The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, launched the Diocesan ‘Think Hunger’ Campaign in an empty kitchen in Leicester Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, 5 March.  This was well-attended by clergy and members of the public, who participated in an informative question and answer session on food poverty and related issues.  Bishop Tim would like to see this campaign help people become more informed about hunger and poverty in Britain and take action to make it a thing of the past.  ‘Think Hunger’ is affiliated to the national ‘End Hunger Fast’ campaign.

The Bishop talked about how poverty affects over a quarter of children in Britain today.  He expressed his deep concern over the huge rise in foodbanks and the number of people visiting them, most from working families.  He said that with increases in food and fuel prices, the poor are getting poorer, and many have to choose between food, energy and other essentials.  “It only takes one catastrophe – the roof leaks or the washing machine breaks – for people not to be able to pay their bills.

28 foodbanks in Leicester and Leicestershire were named, with the Bishop noting that some of these were in areas not usually associated with poverty.  But the need is there also.  The local foodbank based at St Martins House displayed a food parcel typical of what they distribute to families.

People in the Diocese of Leicester are being urged to find out more, to fast, to pray, to visit and support FareShare and their local foodbanks and to write to their MPs.  Bishop Tim said it was vital that as a nation we found lasting solutions to what is a scandalous but deep-rooted and complex issue.  He was clear that the Church has a role in raising the issue, encouraging debate in order that things can change.  “The time has come,” he said.

The Bishop also announced his forthcoming Bishop’s Commission on Poverty.  Comprising academics and local clergy, this aims seriously to understand the local context.  It will then examine ways in which local communities, agencies and the Diocese, in partnership, can further address areas of need.  “During visits to churches, and in conversation with partners, I am repeatedly asked what the Church can do to respond.”  The Commission will hold its first hearing on 27 March.  The Bishop also announced an informative evening of debate around food poverty.  Chaired by the Bishop, together with a panel of politicians and other stakeholders, this will take place in the Cathedral at 7.00pm on Wednesday 12 March.  Click here for more details.

The kitchen will remain in the Cathedral during Lent.  People are invited to visit, reflect and pray.  Informative leaflets are available, listing local foodbanks and providing some information about poverty in Britain today.

Visit the Diocesan ‘Think Hunger’ website for more information.