Lent and Easter 2020

The Church of England has urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect, including for private prayer.

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the foreseeable future, including services and events.

Online services, including Holy Week and Easter, can be found here.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.

‘You are the salt of the earth.’
Matthew 5.13

Salt is essential to human living and has many uses. For that reason, in earlier times it became as valuable as precious metals. So, when Jesus said ‘You are the salt of the earth’, what did he mean?

We shall explore this alongside Bishop Guli as she makes her Lenten pilgrimage, also called Salt of the Earth. She will visit different parts of our Diocese, finding out how communities care for and support each other, praying and giving thanks for the ‘saltiness’ of individuals and groups. Here in the Cathedral we shall also pray and give thanks – do follow where Bishop Guli is going, and join us in sending her out on Ash Wednesday.

In the Church’s year we journey through Lent, taking a clear look at the brokenness of the world and our own shortcomings, culminating in Holy Week with Jesus’ last supper, his death and resurrection. A variety of services, sermons, prayer, a study course based upon The Greatest Showman, and childrens’ activities provide opportunities to rediscover our relationship with God and who we might truly be as that salt.

We pick up other themes also, marking Poverty Sunday on 23 February and holding a Dean’s Discussion with the artist Monica Petzal, whose exhibition Dissent and Displacement is currently on show at the New Walk Museum and Gallery. We will also mark Mental Health Awareness Week. To be salt of the earth is to engage with and respond to such topics and the challenges they pose.

No surprise, therefore, that the Knife Angel sculpture comes to Cathedral Gardens in May. Events will be planned, and we particularly invite you to pray, lament and reflect with us, that as communities and as a nation we may move away from this terrible violence. We also mark the five year anniversary of King Richard III’s reinterment with special events.

Finally, to note that cathedrals across the land are collectively marking a year of cathedrals and pilgrimage. They are special places, where Christ’s light shines bright, reaching out way beyond the walls. To be salt of the earth requires us to be attuned to the wider community, actively serving them and communicating God’s love. Everyday faith. We invite you to join us in that task.

The Revd Canon Alison Adams, Canon Pastor and Sub-Dean

The Sub-Dean’s Lent and Easter Message 2020

Lent and Easter


Ash Wednesday 26 February
Eucharist (said) | 1.00pm
Choral Eucharist | 5.30pm
Both services with Imposition of Ashes. Join us as we send Bishop Guli out on her Pilgrimage during the Choral Eucharist.

Sunday 22 March | 3.00pm
Aspects of Parenthood
A meditative service of music and readings for Mothering Sunday.

Thursday 26 March | 5.30pm
Choral Evensong on the Anniversary of the Reinterment of King Richard III
All welcome.

Friday 27 March | 10.00pm
Compline by Candlelight
Part of the Cathedrals at Night events.

Sunday 29 March | 3.00pm
Choral Evensong to mark the Anniversary of the Reinterment
Admission by ticket only.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday 5 April
Eucharist | 10.30am
Today begins the most important week in the Christian calendar. We will mirror Christ’s journey by starting outside in the Cathedral area and then returning inside the building.
A Service of Music & Readings | 3.00pm
To mark the beginning of Holy Week.

Monday 6 April | 1.00pm
Holy Week Musical Meditation
Readings, poetry and music for Passiontide.

Maundy Thursday 9 April
Diocesan Chrism Eucharist | 11.00am
With the Renewal of Ordination Vows, the Celebration of Ministries and the Blessing of the Holy Oils. Bishop Guli returns to reflect on her Pilgrimage.
Eucharist of the Last Supper & Vigil | 7.30pm
Remembering the Last Supper and re-enacting the washing of the disciples’ feet.

Good Friday 10 April
The Liturgy for Good Friday | 12.00pm
A three hour devotion with prayers, hymns, music, addresses, and silence, concluding with the Passion Reading and Holy Communion from 2.00pm. Join us for all or part of the service.

Holy Saturday 11 April
Easter Vigil | 7.00pm
Easter Vigil with Baptism and Confirmation.

Easter Day 12 April
Eucharist (said) | 8.00am
Festal Eucharist | 10.30am
Festal Evensong | 3.00pm

Sunday 26 April | 3.00pm
You are the Salt of the Earth
A celebratory Evensong to recognise and give thanks for people and organisations who are the salt of our communities.

Music and Concerts

Tuesday 24 March | 7.30pm
The King’s Men
Join the close-harmony group formed from the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for a concert in the Cathedral held as part of their 2020 English concert tour.
Tickets: £10.00–£20.00, book via Eventbrite.

Saturday 28 March | 7.00pm
The York Waits
Performing a wide repertoire of 16th century period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballard tunes. Part of the Richard III reinterment anniversary weekend.
Tickets: £6.00–£12.00, book via Eventbrite.

Children and Family

Saturday 7 March | 11.00am
Messy Cathedral does SCIENCE
A variety of activities and experiments for the family, using science to explore aspects of the Christian faith. Book via Eventbrite for all children and adults attending.

Saturday 28 March | All day
King Richard III Family Activities
Family activities, tours, and talks throughout the day as part of the weekend of events marking the fifth anniversary of Richard III’s reinterment. More info available soon!

Friday 27 March
Leicester Cathedral will be open for late night viewing, prayer, tours and some Richard III related short talks. Round off the evening with with Compline by Candlelight at 10.00pm.
Free admission!

To find out more about Bishop Guli’s Lent Pilgrimage around Leicestershire community and social action projects, click here.