Maundy Thursday - Stripping of the Altars

Thursday 28 March 2024 7:30pm

During this service, we commemorate Jesus instituting Eucharist during the Last Supper and remember his washing of his disciples' feet. This re-enactment involves washing the feet of the Cathedral community, to remind us of the humility of Christ and that the greatest commandment is to love others.

Following this, we process down to the Galilee Chapel to reflect on his betrayal and arrest in Durham’s ancient 'Judas Cup Ceremony', before the altar is stripped and the cathedral is sent into darkness. Following the service, we are invited to keep watch and pray with Jesus in the silence until 10pm.

This is followed by a Watch at the Altar of Repose until 10.00pm. Incense is used at this service.

This service will be livestreamed on our Facebook page.