Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Join us for Lent, Holy Week and Easter at Durham Cathedral, the most important festival in the calendar for Christians around the world.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter dates 2024

Ash Wednesday: 14 February 

Palm Sunday: 24 March

Maundy Thursday: 28 March

Good Friday: 29 March

Easter Sunday: 31 March

What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, the holiest week of the Christian year as we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

We walk the way of the cross with Our Lord, stand at the foot of his cross, and celebrate his resurrection.

Take part in worship

All are welcome to join a service at Durham Cathedral. You can worship with us in person or join livestreamed services on Facebook. 

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Lent Talks 2024: The Practice of Prayer

This Lent, you are warmly invited to Durham Cathedral as we host a series of talks around the theme of the practice of prayer. Each talk will be given by an expert in their field who will explore a different aspect of prayer, concluding with a short time of prayer on that theme.

The talks will connect a biblical passage or theme with both contemporary culture and the practice of prayer. The talks will be accessible to those exploring faith as well as those who are more experienced in prayer. All are welcome.

Where and when: 4.30-5pm, the Quire, Durham Cathedral (entry via main door).

The talks will follow on from Evensong which starts at 3.30pm; however, all are welcome whether or not you attend Evensong.

The talks are free and no tickets are required.

Lent Talks - Sundays at 4.30pm in Durham Cathedral

Lent Talks - Loving it: Prayer and Desire

Sunday 25 February 2024 4:30pm

This talk focuses on prayer and desire, given by Canon Dr Jocelyn Bryan, lecturer in Psychology and Christian Ministry.

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Lent Talks - Wising Up: Prayer and Study

Sunday 3 March 2024 4:30pm

This talk focuses on prayer and study by Canon Professor Simon Oliver, Van Mildert Professor of Divinity.

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Lent Talks - Denying our Bodies? Prayer and Lifestyle

Sunday 10 March 2024 4:30pm

This talk focuses on prayer and lifestyle, given by the Bishop of Newcastle, Rt Revd Helen-Ann Hartley.

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Lent Talks - Owning Up: Prayer and Penitence

Sunday 17 March 2024 4:30pm

This talk focuses on prayer and penitence, given by the Archdeacon of Sunderland, Venerable Bob Cooper.

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Lent Talks - Keeping Quiet: Prayer and Silence

Sunday 24 March 2024 4:30pm

This talk focuses on prayer and silence, given by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Rt Revd Sarah Clark.

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Holy Week and Easter services

Sung Eucharist with Procession of Palms and Reading of Passion

Sunday 24 March 2024 11:15am

Beginning outside of Palace Green, the clergy process into the Cathedral, echoing Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Members of the congregation are given palm crosses, representing Christ’s victory over death on the cross.

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Compline

Every Monday 8:45pm

This online-only service is livestreamed on our Facebook page.

Stations of the Cross

Wednesday 27 March 2024 7:30pm

Join us as we journey through the cathedral taking pause at 'The Stations of the Cross'.

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Maundy Thursday - Blessing of the Oils

Thursday 28 March 2024 11:00am

During this service, three holy oils are blessed to be used throughout services in Durham Diocese for the rest of the year.

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Maundy Thursday - Stripping of the Altars

Thursday 28 March 2024 7:30pm

During this service, the Minor Canon for Liturgy and Learning washes the feet of members of the community, echoing scenes from the Last Supper and performs the 'Judas Cup' Ceremony.

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Good Friday: The Three Hours

Friday 29 March 2024 12:00pm

In the Liturgy of Good Friday we mark the Death of Christ through preaching, choral music and prayer.

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Easter Day - The Easter Vigil, Dawn Eucharist with Baptism and Confirmation

Sunday 31 March 2024

Easter Sunday marks the day when Jesus rose again. Join us for a day of services as we triumph of light over dark.

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Holy Communion

Various dates and times

Sung Eucharist

Every Sunday 10:00am

Matins

Every Sunday 11:30am

Evensong

Various dates and times

Do I need a ticket to come to a service?

Unless otherwise indicated, none of our Easter services are ticketed this year. Entry to the cathedral will be first come, first served, and we suggest you dress appropriately for queueing outside.

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