Servant: The Royal Maundy Exhibtion

On Monday 17 April at 10.15am the Dean of Leicester and the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Jennifer, Lady Gretton opened an exhibition of photographs taken at the 2017 Royal Maundy service at Leicester Cathedral. Entitled ‘Servant’, the exhibition shows the one occasion in the year when The Queen goes to the recipients of awards, rather than them to her. Her visit to Leicester Cathedral will mean she has visited every Cathedral in England.

There is also a souvenir book accompanying the exhibition which will be available to purchase for £5 from the shop next to the cathedral, Christian Resources Leicester within St Martins House.

The Dean of Leicester said “I am delighted that the special service of Maundy will be recorded for posterity in this way for all the people of our city and county to enjoy, and we welcome everyone to visit the cathedral during the following month to share the experience.”

The exhibition will be open in the Cathedral until 3 May. It is open daily, with the exception of services and events occurring in the Cathedral. Please check the Cathedral website for visiting hours.

Admission is free. Donations are welcomed.

Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from the command or ‘mandatum’ by Christ at the Last Supper, to love one another.  During this year’s Royal Maundy Service The Queen will have distributed Maundy Money to 91 men and 91 women – one for each of The Queen’s 91 years. This is a modern day version of an ancient ceremony known in England since around AD 600.