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.

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 Loughborough

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 a short video of reflection on the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ using the Bodies Broken and Blessed Exhibition currently shown in the Cathedral.


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

Lent and Easter Booklet 2018