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.