Lent and Easter 2018


We can’t be ourselves without thinking about our bodies. Age, health, illness, race, sexuality and spirituality all shape how we think about our bodies and the meanings we assign them. The cult of perfect bodies exercises power on our imagination as the body beautiful is exalted in our culture. This impacts positively and negatively and it affects both men and women, boys and girls.

We will focus on this theme  from Ash Wednesday (14 Feb) to Ascension Day (10 May). In Lent and Easter the church retells how a broken body on the Cross becomes a hopeful sign of blessing when transformed by God. Christians have often connected their own physical suffering with the suffering of Jesus. St Thomas sees in the wounds of Jesus how all things might have meaning and be transformed. Christians now take bread and break it, take wine and pour it and through that affirm that we are part of the body of Christ which is both broken yet blessed.

We hope that by exploring more of our physical reality in the light of faith, we will discover not only vulnerability but blessing which is rich because it very often is borne through finite weakness.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester  


Below you will find details of services and events throughout the season.

More information on the Iain McKillop Exhibition can be found here. Details on this year’s Lent Course: Broken, can be found here. For more information on the Museum of the Moon Exhibition, click here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cathedral Office via 0116 261 5357 or by email.

ASH WEDNESDAY
Wednesday 14 February

13.00  Lunchtime Eucharist
Preacher: The Canon Missioner

17.30  Eucharist for Ash Wednesday
Preacher: The Revd Iain McKillop

Sunday 18 February (Lent I)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: The Dean and Rachel Radford (on disability)

16.00  Royal School of Church Music Festival Choral Evensong
Preacher: The Canon Precentor

Monday 19 February

13.00  Lunchtime Recital: Loughborough Endowed Schools Chamber Choir
Free admission, all welcome.

Sunday 25 February (Lent II)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: Jane Avery (on mental health)

15.00  Leicester Comedy Festival 25th Anniversary Service
With special guest Nicholas Parsons CBE
Preacher: The Dean

Monday 26 February

13.00  Lenten Organ Meditation
Readings, poetry, and organ music performed by Simon Headley. Free admission, all welcome.

Saturday 3 March

10.00  Cathedral Choir Auditions
Details from Christopher Ouvry-Johns (chris.ouvry-johns@leccofe.org)

Sunday 4 March (Lent III)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: Trevor Worsfold (on safeguarding)

15.00  Bach Cantata Service III: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut
‘My heart is swimming in the blood’
Katy Dent (Soprano), Nicky Adkinson (Oboe), Christopher Ouvry-Johns (Organ).

Monday 5 March

13.00  Lunchtime Recital: Bach’s Cantata 55
‘Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht’,
Philip Leech and Christopher Ouvry-Johns. Free admission, all welcome.

Friday 9 March

18.30  Launch of The Museum of the Moon Exhibition
By Luke Jerrom, for British Science Week. Book via Eventbrite.
For more information on The Museum of the Moon in Leicester Cathedral please click here.

Sunday 11 March (Lent IV / Mothering Sunday)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: The Revd Alison Roche (on adoption)

15.00  Service for Commonwealth Day
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester

Monday 12 March

20.00  Rite of the Waning Moon
A meditation service beneath the Museum of the Moon installation.

Wednesday 14 March

19.00  Dean’s Discussion: Faith in Science?
Part of British Science Week 2018. Free entry, book via Eventbrite.

Friday 16 March

19.30  London Concertante: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos by Moonlight
The UK’s leading chamber orchestra performs a selection of Baroque classics by candlelight. For more information and tickets please click here.

Sunday 18 March (Lent V)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: Richard Reddie (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel)

15.00  Service for the 135th Anniversary of the YMCA

Monday 19 March

13.00  Lunchtime Recital: Loughborough Endowed Schools Wind & Brass Ensembles
Free admission, all welcome.

Thursday 22 March

The Tale of Two Thieves

Working with Holy Trinity Leicester, a multimedia and dramatic account of Easter aimed at Junior school children. Tickets for school age children only. For more information, please email here or ring 0116 261 5382.

HOLY WEEK

PALM SUNDAY
Sunday 25 March

10.30  Palm Sunday Eucharist

15.00  Choral Evensong for the Anniversary of the Reinterment of King Richard III
Preacher: The Revd Alan Hawker

Monday 26 March

13.00  Holy Week Organ Meditation
Readings, poetry, and organ music performed by Simon Headley. Free admission, all welcome.

MAUNDY THURSDAY
Thursday 29 March

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
Preacher: The Sub-Dean

GOOD FRIDAY
Friday 30 March

10.00  Leicester @ the Cross
Until 10.20: Act 1 Cathedral Gardens;  10.30: Market Square;  11.00: Humberstone Gt.

12.00  Good Friday Liturgy
A three hour devotion with prayers, hymns, music, addresses, and silence in half-hour sections, concluding with the Passion Reading and Holy Communion from 14.00.

HOLY SATURDAY
Saturday 31 March

11.00  Messy Cathedral
Meet for crafts and children’s activities including making an Easter Garden. Until 13.00. Free admission.

18.00  Easter Agape Meal with Easter Vigil, Baptism and Confirmation
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester

EASTER DAY
Sunday 1 April

08.00  Eucharist (BCP)

10.30  Festal Eucharist
Preacher: The Bishop of Loughborough

15.00  Bach Cantata Service IV: Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret
‘Heaven laughs! Earth is jubilant’. Senior Girls, Songmen of the Cathedral Choir, with Leicester Cathedral Chamber Orchestra.
Preacher: The Dean

Sunday 8 April (Easter II)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: The Canon Missioner

Sunday 15 April (Easter III)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: The Revd Zoe Hemming (on a disabled church)

Tuesday 17 April

19.00  Dean’s Discussion: On Mental Health
The Dean will be joined by a panel led by Dr John Devapriam, Consultant Psychiatrist Leicester Partnership NHS Trust (LPT). Free entry, book via Eventbrite.

Sunday 22 April (Easter IV)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: Dr Rebecca Barnes (on domestic abuse)

Sunday 29 April (Easter V)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist
Preacher: David Hamilton (on death and bereavement)

Sunday 6 May (Easter VI)

10.30  Cathedral Eucharist with Baptism
Preacher: Diana Belton (on pastoral prayer)

ASCENSION DAY
Thursday 10 May

17.30  Ascension Day Eucharist
Preacher: The Dean


 Below you can see the Lent and Easter Booklet (use the panel to navigate the pages).

Lent and Easter Booklet 2018