Still, My Soul – Lent and Easter 2019

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

Psalm 62.2 (ESV)

During this Lent and Easter Season we expect the biggest shift in our national life for decades to begin to take effect as we leave the European Union. Our public life is unsettled, and for many of us, conversations with friends, colleagues and family, are unsettling.

Maggi Hambling’s painting, Good Friday: Walking on Water, offers a turbulent seascape whipped up by the wind in the darkness, as a metaphor for Good Friday. It may also reflect how we feel. Stirred up. Uncertain. Disorientated. Jesus is in the storm and walking towards us.

Lent offers us the opportunity to attend to our soul’s life: to notice the temptations, distractions and dislocations that stir up our lives and re-focus. It can be a time of allowing Christ to draw near, to still our souls, and come back into our boat. This season’s events offer to take us through the tempestuous events of Holy Week to the joy of the Resurrection and beyond.

Between Easter and Pentecost, in partnership with the Methodist Church, the Cathedral will be one venue in the city centre for the Wondering Soul art trail exhibition. This is a fantastic opportunity to invite friends to enjoy the rich resource of over forty-five evocative religious artworks from the Methodist Modern Art Collection: a moment for beauty and wonder.

The Reverend Canon Karen Rooms
Canon Missioner

Public Services and Events

Wednesday 6 March

13.00 Eucharist (Said)
17.30 Choral Eucharist
With Imposition of Ashes.  Preacher: The Revd Canon Karen Rooms.

Saturday 9 March

11.00 Messy Cathedral: Science!
Messy Cathedral explores Science Week. Book via Eventbrite.

Monday 11 March

13.00 Lunchtime Concert: Colin Millington (Organ)
Winner of the London Organ Competition. Free admission.

Wednesday 13 March

18.30 Far from the Home I Love: Margaret Fingerhut (Piano)
All are welcome to a special fundraising concert for Leicester City of Sanctuary. Organised by ArtReach. Tickets for £10 available via Eventbrite.

Saturday 16 March

19.15 The Basin Street Brawlers with the Cathedral Choir
The acclaimed early jazz ensemble join with the Choir to perform a concert of spirituals and hymns. Tickets for £12 via Eventbrite.

Monday 18 March

13.00 Lunchtime Concert: De Montfort University Chamber Choir
Free admission.

Monday 1 April

13.00 Lunchtime Concert: Philippa Ouvry-Johns and Christopher Ouvry-Johns
Contralto and Piano. Free admission.

Wednesday 3 April

18.00 Schools Art Exhibition
Opening night with the Bishop of Loughborough.

Sunday 7 April

15.00 Dupré: Stations of the Cross (Le Chemin de la Croix)
All are welcome to a Passiontide musical meditation, performed by David Cowen.

Monday 8 April

13.00 Lunchtime Concert: Adrian Lord (Piano)
Free admission.

Thursday 11 April

Holy Trinity Easter Productions
Tickets for school children only, via Eventbrite.

Saturday 13 April

11.00 Messy Cathedral: Easter
Easter-themed activities. Book via Eventbrite.

18.30 Leicestershire Chorale and the Cathedral Choir
With Buxtehude’s Jesu membra nostri and music for Passtiontide. Tickets for £12 available from


Sunday 14 April

10.30 Palm Sunday Eucharist
All welcome.

15.00 Choral Evensong and Benediction
All welcome.

Monday 15 April

13.00 Holy Week Musical Meditation
Readings, poetry and music for Passiontide. Free admission.

Thursday 18 April

11.00 Chrism Eucharist with the Renewal of Ordination Vows, the Celebration of Ministries and the Blessing of the Holy Oils

19.30 Eucharist of the Last Supper and Vigil at St Nicholas Church

Friday 19 April

10.00 Leicester @ the Cross
Join the procession between three city centre locations as actors, choirs and contributors from across the county retell Christ’s journey. Starting in Cathedral Gardens with the Cathedral Choir.

12.00 Good Friday Liturgy
A three hour devotion in sections with prayers, hymns, music, addresses, and silence; concluding with the Passion Reading and Holy Communion from 14.00. Music to include James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados.

Saturday 20 April

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

Sunday 21 April

10.30 Festal Eucharist
Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

15.00 Festal Evensong
Preacher: The Dean of Leicester.

Saturday 27 April

10.30 Treasure Hunt in the Cathedral Gardens
Tickets from the Community Committee.

Monday 6 May

13.00 Lunchtime Concert
Free admission.

Monday 13 May

13.00 Lunchtime Concert: Katy Dent and Emma Trounson (Sopranos)
Free admission.

Saturday 18 May

12.00 Richborough Festival Mass
All welcome.

Sunday 19 May

19.30 London Concertante: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight
The UK’s leading chamber orchestra performs a selection of Baroque classics by candlelight. Tickets via their website.

Monday 20 May

13.00 Lunchtime Concert
Free admission.

Thursday 23 May

18.30 Guild of St Martin Annual Dinner 2019
For information, contact the Cathedral Office.

Friday 24 May

19.00 Community Dinner
For information, contact the Cathedral Office.

Wednesday 29 May

18.00 Dean’s Discussion: Wondering Soul
Free admission, all welcome.

Monday 3 June

13.00 Lunchtime Concert
Free admission.

Tuesday 4 June

18.30 Thy Kingdom Come
An evening of prayer led by Bishop Martyn.

Friday 7 June

19.30 Piano Recital: Vicky Yannoula
Tickets for £15 available from Dennis McCauley via 0770 202 7270 or email – all proceeds to go to the Masonic Charitable Foundation and local charities.

Wondering Soul

[Pink Crucifixion/Craigie Aitchison] from the Methodist Modern Art Collection, © TMCP, used with permission.
One of Britain’s most important collections of modern religious art is coming to Leicester. The Methodist Modern Art Collection will be on display at five venues across Leicestershire from 2 May – 9 June 2019. Working in partnership with the Methodist Church we are proud to present a contemplative art trail through Leicester City Centre featuring a special series of creative events and projects including workshops, talks, music recitals and retreat days.

There are over forty-five works, including some by well-known artists such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, William Roberts, Patrick Heron and most recently Maggi Hambling. Many of the pictures depict scenes from the life and teaching of Christ including Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem by Norman Adams and The Washing of the Feet by Ghislaine Howard.

The exhibition is free to attend, seven days a week. Visit the website to find out more about the exhibition and projects that we have planned.


Lent Course: The Mystery of Everything

Based around the film The Theory of Everything – the extraordinary story of Jane and Stephen Hawking.

Mondays 7.00–8.30pm in the Kempe Room, St Martins House

11 March   The Experience of Wonder (in the Grand Hall)
18 March  The Enigma of Weakness
25 March  The Complexity of Relationships
1 April       The Encounter with Frailty
8 April       The Hope Beyond Brokenness

Course book available for £5.99. All welcome.

Main Image: [The Empty Tomb/Richard Bavin] from the Methodist Modern Art Collection, © TMCP, used with permission.